Film Series : Rediscovering Alain Tanner

La Salamandre

The Salamander

1971, Alain Tanner, Switzerland/France, 125 min. With Bulle Ogier, Jean-Luc Bideau.

Show Times

  • Sat, Jun 9th 3:00pm
  • Thu, Jun 14th 6:00pm

"A rare treat, infused with a rich and unforced vein of quiet humour." - Verina Glaessner, Time Out London

Filled with an infectious high spirit that evokes the early days of the French New Wave, LA SALAMANDRE demonstrates Tanner's awareness of the oblique, casual, but all-important ways in which people interact. The first of Tanner's three features co-written with noted author John Berger (the others being JONAH and THE MIDDLE OF THE WORLD), the film concerns the efforts of two young writers - one who relies on intuition; the other, on facts - to construct a TV script around a purported murder attempt by a young working woman who doesn't get along too well with the world. Ogier is magnificent as the spacey, kinkily defiant heroine who proves much more multifaceted and unpredictable than her would-be chroniclers bargained for. In French with English subtitles. 35mm. (MR)

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

Buy a ticket at our regular prices for the first Alain Tanner film on any applicable Saturday this month, and get a ticket for the second Tanner film that day at the discounted rate with proof of your original purchase: General Admission $7; Students $5; Members $4. (This discount rate applies to the second feature only. Discount available in person at the box office only.)

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