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Fri, Jul 28, 2017 - Sun, Jul 30, 2017
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MINING DIAMONDS: THE FILMS OF BARBET SCHROEDER

Presented by the American Cinematheque and the French Film and TV office, Consulate General of France, Los Angeles. Special thanks to TV5MONDE, now streaming the best of French-language films online with Sling TV.

Asked about director Barbet Schroeder while on the set of BARFLY, writer Charles Bukowski said, “He has been trying to make this movie for seven years. A few months ago, it looked like Cannon was about to cancel it. Barbet goes into the office of Menahem Golan, the president of Cannon, with an electric handsaw. He pulls out a syringe of Novocain and shoots it into his little finger. He says he will cut off his finger if Menahem doesn't make the movie, and that he will continue to cut off parts of his body and send them to Menahem until he agrees to make the movie. Menahem tells him to go to hell. Barbet plugs in the handsaw.”

Fortunately the film got made, and the director, digits intact, remains among the most passionate and fascinating in world cinema. Born in Tehran to a Swiss geologist and a German physician, Schroeder studied philosophy in Paris but soon caught the movie bug and was swept up in the French New Wave as a writer for Cahiers du Cinéma and a producer through Les Films du Losange, the company he founded in 1962 with filmmaker Eric Rohmer.

Schroeder’s career has outstripped that of many of his New Wave contemporaries in both its length and its diversity. Rock fans know him for such early films as MORE and THE VALLEY (OBSCURED BY CLOUDS), which feature soundtracks created by Pink Floyd. With subjects ranging from gorillas (KOKO: A TALKING GORILLA) to Buddhist monks (LE VÉNÉRABLE W.), he has become a perceptive documentarian. Perhaps most improbably, Schroeder has also mastered the Hollywood studio thriller with such films as SINGLE WHITE FEMALE and REVERSAL OF FORTUNE (which earned a Best Director Oscar nomination).

The director’s latest narrative feature is AMNESIA, about an unlikely relationship between a young techno DJ (Max Riemelt) and an older German woman (Marthe Keller) trying to escape her past. With its finger on the pulse of contemporary music and its perceptive eye for character, the new drama is a perfect example of what makes Barbet Schroeder’s films so unforgettable.

Read writer Susan King's interview with Barbet Schroeder on our blog here.

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

We are thrilled to welcome Barbet Schroeder to the Aero Theatre!
Aero TheatreFri, Jul 28, 2017 - Sun, Jul 30, 2017
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Films in this Series at the Aero

Barbet Schroeder In Person!
Fri, Jul 28, 2017 - 7:30pm
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Barbet Schroeder In Person!
Sat, Jul 29, 2017 - 7:30pm
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Barbet Schroeder In Person!
Sun, Jul 30, 2017 - 7:30pm
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