Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90403 Map
Fri, Sep 6, 2019
7:30pm

THE FRENCH HAD A NAME FOR IT 5
French Noir Double Feature!
MAIGRET AND THE ST. FIACRE CASE / PORT DU DESIR
Presented by Midcentury Productions and the American Cinematheque, in association with the French Film & TV Office, French Consulate, with the support of the Alliance Française Los Angeles.
Introduction by Don Malcolm of Midcentury Productions.
60th Anniversary!

MAIGRET AND THE ST. FIACRE CASE
MAIGRET ET L’AFFAIRE SAINT-FIACRE
1959, Kino Lorber, 101 min, France/Italy, Dir: Jean Delannoy

Screen icon Jean Gabin returns as Georges Simenon’s redoubtable French inspector in this superbly crafted crime drama. The action starts when Maigret is summoned by the Countess (Valentine Tessier) to the Château de Saint-Fiacre, where she shows him a letter she has received predicting the day on which she will die.


PORT DU DESIR
HOUSE ON THE WATERFRONT
1955, Pathé, 94 min, France, Dir: Edmond T. Gréville

A sea captain turned salvage expert (Gabin) finds himself involved in an ever-darkening missing persons case that leads to the Marseille mob after a young woman (Andrée Debar) asks for his help in locating her sister. Director Gréville gives us fabulously seedy barroom interiors, dockside intrigue and riveting underwater sequences in what might be the first example of “film soleil” - a movie with all the sordid attributes of noir, but shot (mostly) in bright sunlight. With tragic ’50s heartthrob Henri Vidal as the reluctant diver who falls in love with Debar. A unique entry in Gabin's illustrious career!


Both films in French with English subtitles. | Screening format: DCP
Aero Theatre • Fri, Sep 6, 2019 • 7:30pm

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