Events and French movies playing in theaters

Thursday December 15th
Castro Theater

+THE SOFT SKIN
3:00, 7:00

New 35mm print
François Truffaut
‘s dark and suspenseful follow-up to Jules and Jim stars Jean Desailly as a married literary critic who meets beautiful airline hostess Françoise Dorleac and begins an affair. One of Truffaut’s most penetrating works – a haunting score by Georges Delerue enhances the mood in this mixture of Hitchcockian suspense motifs and acutely observed drama.
In French w/ English subtitles.. 1964 | 119 min | 35mm

+SHOOT THE PIANO PLAYER
5:15, 9:15

Part thriller, part comedy, part tragedy – Charles Aznavour plays a mild-mannered, former concert pianist reduced to playing honky-tonk rags in a side street bar who stumbles into the criminal underworld via his wayward brother Albert Rémy, and a whirlwind love affair with admiring waitress Marie Dubois. Both a sly tribute to film noir and a moving rethinking of its key tropes, Truffaut’s second feature is pure nouvelle vague.
In French w/ English subtitles. 1960 | 81 min | 35mm

Friday, December 16
Sunday–Thursday, December 18–22
SF Film Society Cinema

+THE BRIDE WORE BLACK

Friday December 16th Laura Truffaut, daughter of director François Truffaut, and Eddie Muller of the Film Noir Foundation will introduce the 7:00 pm screening

New 35mm print

Rescued from a suicide attempt, Julie Kohler (the inimitable Jeanne Moreau) opts for rage rather than self-destruction and proceeds to track down the five different men who destroyed her life. Adapted from a novel by ‘Rear Window‘ author Cornell Woolrich and featuring an impeccable score by Bernard Herrmann, this is Truffaut’s closest homage to his idol Hitchcock.

Thursday December 29th
Castro Theater


+ THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG
3:25, 7:00
Jacques Demy‘s visually intoxicating “film in song” pays homage to the Hollywood musical with his story of young love and thwarted dreams. Within an ultra-romantic riot of color, Catherine Deneuve and Nino Castelnuovo sing their declarations of devotion via Michel Legrand’s lovely score. Completely sung in French w/ English subtitles.
1964 | 91 min | 35mm


+ A WOMAN IS A WOMAN
5:10, 8:45
Anna Karina is an exotic dancer attempting to have a child with unwilling lover Jean-Claude Brialy. In the process, she finds herself torn between him and his best friend Jean-Paul Belmondo. A dizzying compendium of color, humor, and the music of renowned composer Michel Legrand, this sly, playful tribute to the American musical comedy finds the compulsively innovative Jean-Luc Godard at his warmest and most accessible.
In French w/ English subtitles. 1961 | 84 min | 35mm ‘Scope

STILL IN THE THEATERS

+The Artist
Directed by Michel Hazanavicius

Hollywood, 1927: As silent movie star George Valentin wonders if the arrival of talking pictures will cause him to fade into oblivion, he sparks with Peppy Miller, a young dancer set for a big break.


Read our article
The New York Times review
The Artist Showtimes

+Tomboy
Directed by Celine Sciamma

A 10-year-old girl, settling into her new neighborhood outside Paris, is mistaken for a boy and has to live up to this new identity since it’s too late for the mistake to be clarified.

Read our article
The New York Times Review
Tomboy Showtimes

+Le Havre
Directed by Aki Kaurismäki

When an African boy arrives by cargo ship in the port city of Le Havre, an aging shoe shiner takes pity on the child and welcomes him into his home.
Read our article
Le Havre showtimes

 

+Midnight in Paris
Directed by Woody Allen

A romantic comedy about a family traveling to the French capital for business. The party includes a young engaged couple forced to confront the illusion that a life different from their own is better.

Midnight in Paris showtimes

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