Aero Theatre
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Thu, Sep 5, 2019 - Sun, Sep 8, 2019
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THE FRENCH HAD A NAME FOR IT 5: Exploring French Film Noir, 1946-1969
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.

Our French noir series returns for its fifth year, digging deeper into what author-programmer Don Malcolm calls the “lost continent” of French film noir. This year the festival opens with Henri-Georges Clouzot’s classic police procedural QUAI DES ORFÈVRES, along with Costa-Gavras’ virtually forgotten - but breathtaking - debut THE SLEEPING CAR MURDERS. Friday showcases the great Jean Gabin with two films from his 1950s career revival, as Simenon's iconic detective in MAIGRET AND THE ST. FIACRE CASE and a taciturn ex-sea captain unraveling a missing persons case in PORT DU DESIR. It would hardly be a complete French noir program without a healthy dose of Alain Delon, who stars as a loose-cannon criminal in all three films on Saturday night: PURPLE NOON, MELODIE EN SOUS-SOL and THE SICILIAN CLAN (the latter two also featuring Gabin). Closing out our series is a tribute to French film’s most ferocious monstre sacré, Michel Simon, as men variably entwined in murder: PANIQUE (where he's falsely accused) and NON COUPABLE (where he thinks he'll get away with it!). After seeing this year's crop of French noir, you will definitely say vive la différence!

All films in French with English subtitles unless stated otherwise. Series curated by Gwen Deglise and Don Malcolm. Program notes by Don Malcolm.

All programs introduced by author Don Malcolm.
Aero TheatreThu, Sep 5, 2019 - Sun, Sep 8, 2019
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Films in this Series at the Aero

Thu, Sep 5, 2019 - 7:30pm
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Fri, Sep 6, 2019 - 7:30pm
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Sat, Sep 7, 2019 - 4:00pm
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Sat, Sep 7, 2019 - 7:30pm
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Sun, Sep 8, 2019 - 7:30pm
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