1945, Jacques Becker, France, 107 min.
- Sat, Jan 26th 5:00pm
- Wed, Jan 30th 7:45pm
"[Becker's] first masterwork…In FALBALAS, for the first time, he proved himself--
while Ingmar Bergman was still serving his apprenticeship--to be a master of the
closeup, the burning stare into the camera."--Richard Brody, The New Yorker
When FALBALAS, long unseen in the U.S., resurfaced during the recent round of Becker retrospectives, several critics were struck by the resemblances between it and Paul Thomas Anderson's THE PHANTOM THREAD. Boldly mixing romantic comedy with Hoffmanesque fairy tale, the film centers on Philippe Clarence (Raymond Rouleau), a brilliant, temperamental couturier who uses and discards women as easily as one would last year's dress. At a creative ebb, he finds renewed inspiration in his best friend's fiancée (Micheline Presle), but this one proves not so easy to forget. Becker beautifully captures the bustling, hothouse atmosphere of the fashion house; Jean Paul Gaultier cited this as the film that inspired him to become a fashion designer. In French with English subtitles. DCP. (MR)