LE GRAND AMOUR

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Chicago premiere!

  1. LE GRAND AMOUR
  1. 1969, Pierre Étaix, France, 87 min.
  2. With Pierre Étaix, Nicole Calfan

“The funniest and most lyrical of Étaix’s films.”
—François Mauriac, Le Figaro

Previously unreleased in the U.S., Étaix’s third major feature is also his most freewheeling. When a restless businessman (Étaix) acquires a hot young secretary (Calfan) and his wife conveniently goes away on vacation, his imagination goes into overdrive. Filled with wild fantasies and subjunctive episodes, the film evokes Preston Sturges’s UNFAITHFULLY YOURS and Billy Wilder’s THE SEVEN-YEAR ITCH; it also anticipates co-screenwriter Carrière’s work on Buñuel’s THE DISCREET CHARM OF THE BOURGEOISIE. In French with English subtitles. 35mm.

Preceded by:
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY
(HEUREUX ANNIVERSAIRE)
1962, Pierre Étaix and Jean-Claude Carrière
France, 12 min.

With Pierre Étaix

Étaix and Carrière’s Oscar-winning short concerning a husband’s battles with Paris traffic and other obstacles en route to an anniversary dinner. In French with English subtitles. 35mm. (MR)