the 2018 Alliance Française Classic Film Festival presents
A jeanne moreau
The Alliance Française Classic Film Festival aims to rediscover masterpieces of French cinema, highlighting a talent, actor or director who has made an indelible contribution to France’s celebrated film industry. This year's Festival is paying tribute to the legendary actress of La Nouvelle Vague: Jeanne Moreau who sadly passed away last year. The festival will present 6 of her most renowned films from 1958 to 1991. Moving from stage to cinema in the 50s, Moreau achieved national recognition with starring roles in controversial and landmark films. She performed with many of the leading art-house directors of the time including Roger Vadim, Michelangelo Antonioni, Luis Buñuel, François Truffaut and Louis Malle who recognized her as “the prime stage actress of her generation”. Her professionalism and strength of character charmed many directors, including Orson Welles who considered her the “best actress in the world”.
OPENING NIGHT EVENT
JULES AND JIM - 1962
Director: François Truffaut
With: Oskar Werner & Henri Serre
An Austrian named Jules and a Frenchman named Jim enjoy the decadent lifestyle pre-WW1. Catherine, a wilful and alluring young woman is attracted to both of them. With WW1 looming, the young men find themselves on opposite sides of the battle. After the war, Catherine, married to Jules and raising their daughter, is emotionally dissatisfied and embarks on an affair with Jim. Under the resilient eyes of Jules, Catherine’s carefree behaviour soon leads to increasingly dramatic consequences.
ELEVATOR TO THE GALLOWS (Ascenseur pour l'échafaud) - 1958
Director: Louis Malle.
With: Maurice Ronet & Lino Ventura
Florence (Jeanne Moreau) is married to the wealthy arms dealer Simon Carala (Jean Wall), but is involved in a scandalous affair with one of her husband’s employees, Julien (Maurice Ronet). Julien daringly climbs into Simon’s office with a rope and kills him without leaving a trace- or so he thought. Julien accidentally forgets the rope at the crime scene and soon realises he must retrieve it. On his way out, he gets stuck in the building’s elevator- and this is just the beginning of his bad luck.
MODERATO CANTABILE- 1960
Director: Peter Brook
With: Jean-Paul Belmondo
Anne, a beautiful woman leads a banal life as the trophy wife of a town’s leading industrialist. Witness to a murder at the bar next door,
she becomes obsessed by it. Seeking answers, she develops a close relationship with Chauvin, a working-class man, who was also witness to
the crime. Slowly, they find themselves being consumed by forces which threaten their own stability, leading to an intense but unconsummated
affair. Yet, like all affairs, it has to end.
Friday 9 November, 9:00pm - Buy tickets here
Saturday 10 November, 4:15pm - Buy tickets here
EVA - 1962
Director: Joseph Losey
With: Stanley Baker & Virna Lisi
Tyvian Jones, a pretentious, arrogant Welsh writer, isolates himself on a secluded island near Venice to work on his next story. To Tyvian’s surprise, Eva, a money-loving, seductively mysterious Frenchwoman is occupying his residence. It’s not long before Eva’s taunting physique and natural beauty ensnare this once haughty man in an erotic web from which there is seemingly no escape.
DIARY OF A CHAMBERMAID (Le Journal d'une femme de chambre) - 1964
Director: Luis Buñuel
With: Georges Géret & Michel Piccoli
Set in the 1920s, Célestine (Jeanne Moreau), a stylish, attractive young woman, finds work as a chambermaid in a country chateau. Her employers, the Monteils, are an eccentric family- a frigid wife, a lustful husband (Michel Piccoli) and a father with a foot fetish. Adding to this mix is Joseph, (Georges Géret) the fascist farmworker, who expresses his desire to be with Celestine. Amidst this scenario, the usual calmness of the village is suddenly interrupted when a little girl is found raped and murdered close to the Monteil residence.
THE OLD LADY WHO WALKED IN THE SEA (La Vieille qui marchait dans la mer) - 1991
Director: Laurent Heynemann
With: Michel Serrault & Luc Thuillier
Eccentric, former glamourpuss, Lady M and her equally aging ex-lover Pompilius, have spent their lives conning the rich. Summering on the French Riviera, Lady M spots handsome beach boy/petty thief Lambert, and decides to groom him for their latest caper – a daring jewel heist. Soon Lady M and her young gigolo are enjoying a sultry love affair. But, when Lambert double-crosses her, she’s forced to choose between the two men in her life.
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