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Film retrospective 2013-2014 : My Favorite French Film
Chicago’s great citizens share their favorite French film with you! Prepare to be surprised by some of our matches… with contemporary to rare, classic films from France and la francophonie.
Coup de Torchon/Clean Slate (1981, 128 min.) by Bertrand Tavernier with Robert Polito, President, Poetry Foundation
In French with English subtitles.
Featuring pitch-perfect performances by Philippe Noiret and Isabelle Huppert, this striking neonoir, an inspired rendering of Jim Thompson’s pulp novel Pop. 1280, straddles the line between violence and lyricism with dark humor and visual elegance. — Criterion
One of France's premiere directors, screenwriters, and producers, Bertrand Tavernier is renowned for making dramas encompassing themes as diverse as familial relationships, World War I, and contemporary social ills. Regardless of the subjects they explore, Tavernier lends his films great introspection and humanity, something that has established him as one of the French cinema's more progressive and compassionate figures. - Rotten Tomatoes
Poet and scholar Robert Polito draws on both American pop culture and literary tradition for his work, finding inspiration in crime fiction, film noir… or the Kinks. A recipient of numerous honors and awards including a National Book Critics Circle Award for his biography of Jim Thompson,Roberto is at work on Detours: Seven Noir Lives.
When & Where
Alliance Française de Chicago
Chicago’s French cultural and learning center dedicated to the study of French language, cultural exchange, and friendship between Americans and French speaking people.