Category Archives: French Movie

*** MONDAY October 15th, 2018 *** Le Cercle Rouge *** DIRECTED BY Jean-Pierre Melville, STARRING Alain Delon, Yves Montand. Bourvil and Gian Maria Volontè

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What do we get when we put Alain Delon, Yves Montand, Gian Maria Volonte and Bourvil in a film directed by Jean-Pierre Melville ?

We get them silently gliding down streets of a wet Paris winter…

Some are cops and some are robbers…

they wear trench coats and fedoras…

to smoke for them is as natural as breathing…

they use guns, lies, clout, greed and nerve with the skill of a magician who no longer even thinks about the cards…

they share a code of honor which is not about what side of the law they are on, but about how a man must behave to win the respect of those few others who understand the code…

The film’s title means “The Red Circle” and refers to the film’s epigraph which translates as ->>>>>>Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha, drew a circle with a piece of red chalk and said: “When men, even unknowingly, are to meet one day, whatever may befall each, whatever the diverging paths, on the said day, they will inevitably come together in the red circle.”

Melville made up the quote…

 

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*** MONDAY October 8th, 2018 *** Army of Shadows *** DIRECTED BY Jean-Pierre Melville, STARRING Lino Ventura, Paul Meurisse and Jean-Pierre Cassel

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WARNING : This is not a war film…

“Jean-Pierre Melville, perhaps the least known French film director of his generation  is steadily moving into the ranks of the greatest directors… He was not much honored in his lifetime. We now know from his gangster film “Bob le Flambeur” (1955) that he was an early father of the New Wave — before Jean-Luc Godard, Francois Truffaut and Louis Malle…
He used actual locations, dolly shots with a camera mounted on a bicycle, unknown actors and unrehearsed street scenes…
In “Le Samourai” (1967), at a time when movie hit men were larger than life, he reduced the existence of a professional assassin (Alain Delon) to ritual, solitude, simplicity and understatement.
And in “Le Cercle Rouge” (1970), he showed police and gangsters who know how a man must win the respect of those few others who understand the code.
His films, with their precision of image and movement, are startlingly beautiful…
With “Army of shadows”we have the Cinematiki premiere of perhaps his greatest film…”  

“Melville, who was himself a member of the Resistance, is not interested in making an action film. Action releases tension and makes it external. His film is about the war within the minds of Resistance members, who must live with constant fear, persist in the face of futility, accept the deaths of their comrades and expect no reward, except the knowledge that they are doing the right thing. Because many die under false names, their sacrifices are never known.” – Roger Ebert

Jean-Pierre Melville’s 1969 French Resistance Masterpiece is “The Best Film og 2006!” – New York Times

 

 

Monday Octorber 23rd, 2017**** La Pointe Courte, Directed by Agnes Varda, interpreted by Philippe Noiret & Silvia Monfort

In this film directed by Agnes Varda  A young man  interpreted by Philippe Noiret who is a native of the seaside village of La Pointe Courte in France is having a hard time understanding why his bored, Paris-born wife (Sylvia Montfort) of four years is unhappy with their marriage… Thus…

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Monday November 14, 2016 ***SPECIAL EVENT *** “DAY FOR NIGHT” directed by FRANCOIS TRUFFAUT *** interpreted by JACQUELINE BISSET, JEAN-PIERRE LEAUD, CATERINA VALENTE AND JEAN-PIERRE AUMONT

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Come to howl at the full moon and help us celebrate the Cinematiki’s 8th Anniversary and J.J.’s birth day

We are presenting “Day for Night” by Francois Truffaut . A film about films and the people that populates the world of cinema … It is one of two Truffaut films featured on Time magazine’s list of the 100 Best Films of the Century, along with The 400 Blows.. It has also been called “the most beloved film ever made about filmmaking.”

it was the first film that we showed at the Cinematiki eight years ago… since then we’ve seen and discussed over 350 films…

we are still curious and learning…

we also like to party…don’t you ???

Drinks and Food Pot luck

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MONDAY 11th, JAN 2016: Mon Oncle d’Amérique (1980) by Alain Resnais with GERARD DEPARDIEU AND NICOLE GARCIA

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Alain Resnais’ “Mon oncle d’Amerique” (1980) is one the New Wave pioneer’s best films, a winner of the Grand Prize at Cannes. It is audacious. Beginning with big stars of the time (Gerald Depardieu, Nicole Garcia, Roger Pierre), he tells the life stories of these three in a way that promises to be traditional narrative.Alain Resnais’s “Mon Oncle d’Amerique” is presented in the form of a “case history,” replete with a pedantic narrator, played by real-life behavioral scientist Henri Laborit.

A GREAT FILM TO WATCH AND DISCUSS TOGETHER !!!

 

 

NOV. 16 2015: A VERY LONG ENGAGEMENT directed by: Jean-Pierre Jeunet. With Audrey Tautou (2004)

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Another  one of Tom and J.J’s favorite director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet.

OCT. 19 2015: SUMMER HOURS directed by: Olivier Assayas. With Juliette Binoche, Charles Berling and Jeremie Renier (2008)

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From the director of “Irma Vep” and “Boarding Gate”, we present Olivier Assayas’s “Summer Hours”. A story set in Paris and the french countryside. With Juliette Binoche, Charles Berling, Jeremie Renier and Edith Scob. With brilliant cinematographer Eric Gautier.