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Film Series : Jacques Becker

Édouard and Caroline

Édouard et Caroline

1952, Jacques Becker, France, 92 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Jan 11th 4:15pm
  • Sat, Jan 12th 5:15pm
  • Thu, Jan 17th 6:00pm

"An effervescent delight...It also contains some very ugly moments, all the more
uncomfortable because they are smuggled in among so much charm and so many belly
laughs, which come largely courtesy of Vernon, an inspired and natural comic actress
who also happens to be a radiant beauty."--Imogen Sara Smith, Film Comment

A sparkling comedy with troubling undertones, ÉDOUARD AND CAROLINE harks
back to the screwball classics of the 1930s and looks forward to the French New Wave
of the 1960s (Godard's A WOMAN IS A WOMAN seems especially indebted to it).
The marital squabbling of the opening scenes, though highly amusing, reveals the
tensions in Édouard and Caroline's marriage: he's a talented pianist frustrated by lack
of success and resentful of her upper-class roots. A party at the mansion of Caroline's
snobbish uncle, designed to show off Édouard's talent to wealthy potential patrons,
brings those tensions to a head, abetted by a missing waistcoat, an altered dress, a
lecherous cousin, and Édouard's petulance. Anne Vernon, little known in the U.S.
outside of her role as Catherine Deneuve's mother in THE UMBRELLAS OF
CHERBOURG, is a revelation as Caroline--vivacious, mischievous, and charming, but
capable of hitting back when necessary. In French with English subtitles. DCP
digital. (MR)

Note: This trailer, the best we could find, is unsubtitled. The version of the film shown at our screening(s) will be subtitled in English.

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