Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90403 Map
Sat, Jun 20, 2015
7:30pm

THE FRENCH HAD A NAME FOR IT: RARE FRENCH FILM NOIR, 1948-1963
Double Feature!
CLASSE TOUS RISQUES / UN TEMOIN DANS LA VILLE
Presented by the American Cinematheque and Midcentury Productions, with the support of the French Film & TV Office, French Consulate.

For more on the series "The French Had A Name For It," visit MidcenturyProductions.com.

CLASSE TOUS RISQUES
THE BIG RISK
1959, Rialto Films, 110 min, France/Italy, Dir: Claude Sautet

Lino Ventura delivers an awesome performance (maybe his best) as Davos, a gangster in the twilight of his career, on the run from the mob with his wife and family. Jean-Paul Belmondo (hot off his star turn in BREATHLESS) co-stars as a young hood who comes to Ventura’s aid. Brilliantly scripted by Jose Giovanni, based on a story he had heard in prison. “In addition to its crisp action sequences, the film has an excellent sense of place, showing us Paris, Nice and the small villages and French countryside between. … One of the things that makes CLASSE TOUS RISQUES distinctive are the palpable emotional connections it makes with its characters. Though he is the hardest of hard cases, Davos cares deeply about his family, and the feelings of regret, sadness and desperation that cross his face are just one of the factors that make this film the classic it is.” - Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times. In French with English subtitles.


UN TEMOIN DANS LA VILLE
WITNESS IN THE CITY
1959, Gaumont, 86 min, France/Italy, Dir: Édouard Molinaro

France's greatest character lead in the 1960s and ’70s, Lino Ventura, has his breakout role here as a revenge murderer who, finding that his “perfect crime” was witnessed by a cab driver, must try to eliminate him. As events unfold, Ventura finds that he is as much hunted as hunter. Stunning night photography from Henri Decaë (BOB LE FLAMBEUR, ELEVATOR TO THE GALLOWS), and an evocative score featuring jazz greats Kenny Clarke and Kenny Dorham. In French with English subtitles.


Screening formats: 35mm (CLASSE TOUS RISQUES) and DVD (UN TEMOIN DANS LA VILLE)
Aero Theatre • Sat, Jun 20, 2015 • 7:30pm

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