Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue,
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Sun, Sep 8, 2019

French Noir Double Feature!
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.
1946, Rialto Pictures, 91 min, France, Dir: Julien Duvivier

“If I were an architect and I had to build a monument to the cinema,” wrote Jean Renoir, “I would place a statue of Julien Duvivier above the entrance.” Duvivier made 70 films between 1919 and 1967, many of them landmarks of French cinema. His first postwar project, a noir adaptation of Georges Simenon's Mr. Hire’s Engagement (later adapted by Patrice Leconte as MONSIEUR HIRE), stars Michel Simon as a reviled voyeur framed for a murder by the girl he adores. Now widely considered the finest Simenon adaptation but criticized at the time for its bleakness, the long-unseen PANIQUE has finally been given the vivid restoration it deserves.

1947, TF1, 95 min, France, Dir: Henri Decoin

The “provincial gothic” (a subgenre of French noir that evolved during the Occupation era) takes a macabre turn into madness in this tale of a small-town doctor (a towering Michel Simon) who develops dangerous delusions of grandeur when he gets away with the killing of a local adversary. He hatches a plan for multiple murders - and continues to get away with them. Will his beleaguered girlfriend (Jany Holt) find a way to stop his killing spree? Or is he truly invincible? Director Decoin and screenwriter Marc-Gilbert Sauvajon show us that postwar French noir needed no help from its American counterpart to tap into extremes of mayhem and misanthropy. The screening of a restored print of this film last year in Lyon literally left the audience speechless - don't miss it!

Both films in French with English subtitles. | Screening format: DCP
Aero Theatre • Sun, Sep 8, 2019 • 7:30pm

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