Alliance française
classic film festival

4 to 6 November 2016 at the Astor Theatre
1 Chapel St & Dandenong Rd, Melbourne VIC 3182


The Alliance Française, in partnership with STUDIOCANAL and Palace Cinemas is proud to present the first Alliance Française Classic Film Festival. This year the Festival will screen nationally - 5 films in 5 cities around Australia: Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane and Perth.

A complement to the renowned French Film Festival, the Classic Film Festival aims to annually rediscover classic masterpieces of French cinema, highlighting a talent, actor or director who has made an indelible contribution to France’s celebrated film industry.

“Les Blondes” is the theme of this second edition, celebrating 5 emblematic actresses in iconic French films from 1952 to 1975: Brigitte Bardot, Catherine Deneuve, Jean Seberg, Romy Schneider and Simone Signoret. Decorated figures of French cinema with a certain “je ne sais quoi”, these iconic blondes collectively garnered a myriad of Césars, Oscars and other awards for their performances and films; each artist is a revered symbol of French culture whose talent and presence has reverberated far beyond the confines of cinema.

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VIVA MARIA! - 1965 - OPENING NIGHT

Director: Louis Malle
Cast: Brigitte Bardot, Jeanne Moreau…
Genre: Comedy, Adventure

Brigitte Bardot & Jeanne Moreau take to the stage in this extravagant French western. Viva Maria! is a full blown spectacle – farcical, eccentric and undeniably sexy. Jumping on the revolutionary bandwagon, Maria and Maria use their intelligence, courage and sensual charm for justice.

Opening night | Friday 4 Nov at the Astor Theatre BOOK NOW (Function 6pm, screening 7pm)
Sunday 6 Nov at the Astor Theatre - 7pm BOOK NOW


CASQUE D’OR - 1952

Director: Jacques Becker
Cast: Simone Signoret, Serge Reggiani…
Genre: Drama

The story unfolds in a dancehall on the banks of the Marne, Marie (Signoret) who is already promised to Roland will fall instantly in love with Georges (Reggiani). Their passion triggers an underworld rivalry that rapidly descends into conflict, treachery and murder.

Saturday 5 Nov at the Astor - 9pm BOOK NOW


BREATHLESS (À Bout de Souffle) - 1960

Director: Jean-Luc Godard
Cast: Jean Seberg, Jean-Paul Belmondo…
Genre: Drama, Romance

Love, betrayal and escape pervade this romance between Michel (Belmondo), a young delinquent on the run and Patricia (Seberg) a young American. She struggles to decide between her dream to become a journalist in Paris, and her bourgeoning affection for this fearless young man.

Saturday 5 Nov at the Astor Theatre - 7pm BOOK NOW
Sunday 6 Nov at the Astor Theatre - 4pm BOOK NOW


CESAR AND ROSALIE (Cesar et Rosalie) - 1972  

Director: Claude Sautet              
Cast: Romy Schneider, Yves Montand…
Genre: Drama, Romance

Everybody likes Rosalie (Schneider); she is beautiful, multilingual and free spirited. Cesar and Rosalie is the story of Cesar (Montand), Rosalie… and David aussi. It’s a love triangle with complications that will leave you reflecting on the intricacies of love, freedom and friendship.

Saturday 5 Nov at the Astor Theatre - 4pm BOOK NOW
Sunday 6 Nov at the Astor Theatre - 9pm BOOK NOW


LOVERS LIKE US (Le Sauvage) – 1975

Director: Jean-Paul Rappeneau
Cast: Yves Montand, Catherine Deneuve…
Genre: Comedy, Adventure

Rappeneau’s Lovers like us, unites the elements for an enjoyable romantic and chaotic comedy: the exotic haven of Venezuela, and the dream couple of French cinema - Catherine Deneuve and Yves Montand. The two find themselves moving from antagonism to fondness.

Friday 4 Nov at the Astor Theatre - 9.15 pm BOOK NOW
Sunday 6 Nov at the Astor Theatre - 2pm BOOK NOW


                  


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