Two by Clouzot
June 29 - July 5
New 4K restorations of two classic thrillers by the master of suspense and film noir often referred to as "the French Hitchcock."
1943, Henri-Georges Clouzot, France, 92 min. With Pierre Fresnay, Micheline Francey.
"Unforgettable...A hellbrew that has not lost a fraction of its flavor." - Anthony Lane, The New Yorker
"Propulsive and unsettling...Clouzot's thundering technique and the impassioned performances of his cast lift LE CORBEAU's gossip to something scarifying." - Alan Scherstuhl, The Village Voice
A milestone of French noir, LE CORBEAU exposed the rancid underside of Nazi-occupied France more bitingly than any other movie. As a result, it offended nearly every faction of French society, from the Church to the Vichy government to the Resistance, and it was banned after the war. A country town is disrupted by a series of poison-pen letters signed by "The Raven." Exposing the dirty secrets of the town's most respected citizens, the malicious missives spread havoc, while suspicions run wild regarding the identity of their author. In French with English subtitles. New 4K DCP digital restoration. (MR)
Quai des Orfèvres
1947, Henri-Georges Clouzot, France, 106 min. With Louis Jouvet, Suzy Delair.
"A strikingly modern classic...One of [Clouzot's] most elegant films." - Ben Kenigsberg, The New York Times
"Clouzot's 1947 knockout film noir returns so crisply restored that you can almost smell the cigarette smoke drifting over rain-drenched streets." - Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times.
After its 2003 re-release in a gorgeously restored print by Rialto Pictures, many critics rated this mood-drenched, richly perverse thriller an even finer work than Clouzot's famous hits THE WAGES OF FEAR and DIABOLIQUE. When a lecherous producer is bludgeoned to death with a champagne bottle, a rumpled police detective (the great Jouvet) from the Quai des Orfèvres (the Paris equivalent of Scotland Yard) is assigned to the case. Suspicion falls on a music-hall floozy (Delair), her jealous husband (Bernard Blier), and her lesbian admirer (Simone Renant). In French with English subtitles. 4K DCP digital restoration. (MR)