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<<< March 23 - 29, 2006 >>>

Henri Langlois: Phantom of the Cinematheque and the Early Years of the Cinematheque Francaise

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Some films in this series will also play March 30 – April 2 at The Egyptian Theatre

Through the middle half of the twentieth century, the Cinematheque Francaise in Paris was the ultimate yardstick for cinematheques and repertory cinemas worldwide, a haven where one could go to view all different kinds of films from a vast variety of international sources. Henri Langlois, the ardent cineaste who founded the institution in the 1930’s, was instrumental in bringing numerous masterpieces to the attention of both critics and public alike, conjuring up esteemed reputations for legions of filmmakers, many of whom – Dreyer, Bunuel, Murnau, Vigo, Lang, Renoir, Hitchcock to name but a few – would go onto pantheon status in the cinematic halls of glory. We’re happy to be able to present a short run of the acclaimed, newly re-edited documentary, HENRI LANGLOIS: PHANTOM OF THE CINEMATHEQUE about the legendary founder of the Cinematheque Francaise and its early years, featuring interviews with many great filmmakers including Francois Truffaut, Claude Chabrol and Jean-Luc Godard, as well as screenings of a handful of films mentioned in the documentary that enjoyed popularity when they were originally screened at the Cinematheque.




Thursday, March 23 – 7:30 PM

Early Years Of The Cinematheque Francaise

M, 1931, Kino International, 99 min. Peter Lorre is stupendous as the pathetic child murderer unsuccessfully hunted by the police in Fritz Lang’s impressive masterwork. The judicial heat generated by Lorre’s killing spree incites the harassed denizens of the Berlin underworld to take matters into their own hands to find the culprit. "It’s an incredible film – a model of psychological suspense and a stunning display of Lang’s power and skill." – Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle.

>> Also playing at the Egyptian, April 1.



Friday, March 24 – 7:30 PM

Early Years Of The Cinematheque Francaise

New 35mm Print! ZABRISKIE POINT 1969, Warner Brothers, 112 min. Director Michelangelo Antonionis pictures were favorites at the Cinematheque Francaise in the 1960s, especially his mind expanding odyssey of two youths (Mark Frechette and Daria Halprin) on the run from the police after a violent student demonstration. Their surreal adventures in the California desert climax in slow motion apocalypse to the strains of Pink Floyd. ZABRISKIE had equally-strange echoes in real life: actor Frechette later robbed a bank, and died mysteriously in prison; co-star Halprin was Frechette’s off-screen girlfriend for a short time. This film reflects the USA’s tumultuous counterculture of the time – sublime turmoil that was simultaneously going on in the streets of Paris as well. Co-written by Sam Shepard, and co-starring Rod Taylor and a very-young Harrison Ford.

>> Also playing at the Egyptian, March 31.



Sunday, March 26 – 6:30 PM

Early Years Of The Cinematheque Francaise

HENRI LANGLOIS: PHANTOM OF THE CINEMATHEQUE (LE FANTOME D'HENRI LANGLOIS), 2004, Leisure Time Features, 128 min. Director Jacques Richard’s original, mammoth, 3-1/2 hour portrait of the founder and guiding visionary of the Cinémathèque Française, Henri Langlois, has been pared down to a more accessible length but is still an absolute must-see for film lovers. Featuring a fascinating wealth of archival footage, including interviews with Godard, Truffaut, Chabrol and others, the film traces Langlois’ heroic efforts to save world film culture, from the Cinematheque’s founding in the 1930’s, to its tenacious survival during the WWII Nazi occupation (Simone Signoret recalls carrying contraband prints around in a baby carriage), to its enormous influence on the French New Wave of the 1950’s, and to the titanic battles for control of the organization in the late 1960’s, when Langlois’ removal prompted demonstrations and even rioting in the streets of Paris. "A labor of love made over the course of seven years that crucially matches the energy and passion Langlois himself embodied." – Todd McCarthy, Variety.

>> Also playing at The Egyptian, March 30 – April 2



Wednesday, March 29 – 7:30 PM

Early Years Of The Cinematheque Francaise

LE BEAU SERGE, 1958, Janus Films, 98 min. Director Claude Chabrol’s debut feature film, while embodying qualities of France’s "classic" cinema, is still looked on as the first incarnation of the French New Wave. The low budget, the cast of then-largely-unknowns and the brutally honest treatment were traits heralding the advent of a revolutionary film movement that would soon sweep the nation’s cinemas and then the world. Recuperating from illness, Francois (Jean-Claude Brialy) returns to his hometown only to find it dying on the vine and his best friend, the previously promising and handsome, Serge (Gerald Blain), a now-dissolute alcoholic in a stagnant marriage. Chabrol looks at both the differences and the doppleganger similarities between Francois and Serge, and creates a simple, but rigorous psychological landscape, much as he would do in his later thrillers.

>> Also playing at the Egyptian, April 2