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French Cinema Noir

Beyond his collaborations with legendary figures in French cinema (Jean-Pierre Melville, Jean-Luc Godard and Eric Rohmer), Bertrand Tavernier has evolved into arguably the most potent director-historian in the history of French cinema. His latest, A journey through French Cinema, which opens our festival on Thursday, June 15, demonstrates a historical sweep that transcends the current received wisdom about the history of French film.

Among its many riches, Tavernier’s documentary provides new insight into French film noir, which actually preceded the shadow-soaked crime dramas and mysteries that emerged from post-war Hollywood. Our third annual series, also known as The French had a name for it, benefits from Tavernier’s unbridled enthusiasm for a still-misunderstood and largely hidden canon of films. With his sure touch, aided by Don Malcolm of Midcentury Productions, audiences will be taken a step further into this dark, gleaming world, where an intriguing blend of familiar names and totally unknown (but utterly fantastic) dark films will take them to places never seen before.


June 15 at 7:30pm, Aero Theatre : A Journey through French cinema (2017) by Bertrand Tavernier
June 16 at 7:30pm, Aero Theatre : The night affair (1958) by Gilles Grangier and Razzia sur la Chnouf (1955) d’Henri Decoin
June 17 at 3pm, Aero Theatre : Safe conduct (2002) by Bertrand Tavernier
June 17 at 7:30pm, Aero Theatre : Elevator to the gallows (1958) by Louis Malle
June 18 at 7:30pm, Aero Theatre : Gates of the night (1946) by 
Marcel Carné
June 19 at 7:30pm, Aero Theatre : The Proud and the Beautiful (1952) by Jacques Becker