2007, Marjane Satrapi & Vincent Paronnaud, France, 96 min. With Chiara Mastroianni, Catherine Deneuve, Danielle Darrieux.
- Sat, Oct 21st 1:30pm
- Tue, Oct 24th 6:00pm
"Full of warmth and surprise, alive with humor and a fierce independence of spirit." — A.O. Scott, The New York Times
Based on screenwriter/co-director Satrapi's bestselling illustrated memoir (which she prefers to call a comic book rather than a graphic novel), this Oscar nominee is the story of both an individual and a country. The individual in question is Satrapi herself, recalling her girlhood and young adulthood growing up in Iran as it moves from the tyranny of monarchy to the tyranny of theocracy, with an interim of exile in Vienna, which the rebellious girl finds equally oppressive in its own way. The film uses humor and irony rather than indignation to tell its story, along with richly textured black-and-white images that brilliantly bridge the worlds of drawing and animation. In French with English subtitles. 35mm. (MR)
Tuesday, October 24: Lecture by film historian Donald Crafton, Professor Emeritus at the University of Notre Dame.