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Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90403 Map
Thu, Sep 7, 2017 - Sun, Sep 10, 2017
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Presented by the American Cinematheque and the French Film and TV Office, Consulate General of France, Los Angeles

Born in Paris, Jeanne Moreau (January 23, 1928 – July 31, 2017) fell in love with the theater in her teens, and in the decade after World War II rose to become one of the most acclaimed stage performers in France. As the actress was coming to prominence in plays, a new generation of directors was starting out in French cinema; after years of bit parts in film, the time was finally ripe for Moreau’s close-up. Cast by Louis Malle as a young woman wrapped up in a murder plot in ELEVATOR TO THE GALLOWS, she became a movie star.

But Moreau was not the kind of movie star fixated on fame and box office hits. Her friendship with film critic-turned-director François Truffaut brought her not only her most iconic role - as the free-spirited Catherine in JULES AND JIM - but a greater appreciation for the artistic possibilities of cinema. During the 1960s, Moreau collaborated with virtually all the leading lights of the French New Wave, as well as such international auteurs as Orson Welles (CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT), Michelangelo Antonioni (LA NOTTE) and Luis Buñuel (DIARY OF A CHAMBERMAID).

Active until just a few years ago (her 2008 performance in Amos Gitai's ONE DAY YOU’LL UNDERSTAND is among her best), Moreau brought scores of memorable film and television roles to life, making her one of the most beloved performers in France and more broadly an ambassador of its culture. Welles once called her “the greatest actress in the world,” and her onscreen legacy will no doubt continue to enthrall film fans around the globe.

Series compiled by John Hagelston and Grant Moninger. Program notes by John Hagelston.

Director Amos Gitai joins us in person with series opener ONE DAY YOU’LL UNDERSTAND.
Aero TheatreThu, Sep 7, 2017 - Sun, Sep 10, 2017
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Films in this Series at the Aero

Director Amos Gitaï In Person!
Thu, Sep 7, 2017 - 7:30pm
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Fri, Sep 8, 2017 - 7:30pm
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Sat, Sep 9, 2017 - 7:30pm
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Sun, Sep 10, 2017 - 7:30pm
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