Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements

L'important c'est d'aimer

The Most Important Thing: Love

1975, Andrzej Zulawski, France, 109 min. With Romy Schneider, Fabio Testi.

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Show Times

  • Fri, Sep 22nd 6:00pm
  • Fri, Sep 22nd 8:15pm
  • Sat, Sep 23rd 7:45pm
  • Sun, Sep 24th 5:15pm
  • Wed, Sep 27th 8:15pm
Chicago premiere!

Often difficult to see in the United States, the unclassifiable films of legendary cult director Andrzej Zulawski (POSSESSION, COSMOS) have been perennial misfits in the international film market — too weird or transgressive for arthouses, too arty or inscrutable for grindhouses. More than 40 years after its debut, Zulawski's masterful third feature (and his first after being exiled from his native Poland) sees its first release on U.S. screens with its original French-language track. A chance encounter between photographer Servais (Testi) and once-promising actress Nadine (a luminous Romy Schneider) on the set of a schlocky erotic horror film precipitates a bizarre infatuation. Servais endeavors to revive Nadine's career by getting her cast opposite nervy German actor Karl-Heinz (Klaus Kinski, exuding his characteristic demented charm) in a beleaguered experimental staging of "Richard III." Zulawski keeps the energy high and the emotions heightened throughout, never skimping on either perversion or dramatic histrionics. In French with English subtitles. DCP digital. (Cameron Worden)


Please note: This trailer does not have English subtitles. Our screenings of the film will be subtitled in English.

Friday 9/22 at 6 PM: This screening will be introduced by film critic Zbigniew Banas, a personal friend of the late Andrzej Zulawski.

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