Les Parents Terribles
aka The Storm Within
1948, Jean Cocteau, France, 105 min. With Jean Marais, Yvonne de Bray.
- Fri, Sep 7th 4:00pm
- Sun, Sep 9th 3:00pm
- Mon, Sep 10th 6:00pm
"The timing couldn't be better for reviving Cocteau's least-seen masterpiece...a peerlessly witty, imaginative, and haunting tale of volatile emotions in a chaotic family." - Michael Sragow, Film Comment
Adapted from his scandalous 1938 play (which became an English-language repertory favorite under the title "Indiscretions"), LES PARENTS TERRIBLES was one of Cocteau's greatest popular successes. Boldly subverting boulevard theater and Feydeauesque farce, this still-provocative bombshell scrutinizes a bourgeois household - centered on a possessive mother and a pampered son who is in love with his father's mistress - whose closets contain incest, Oedipal rivalry, and suicide. Perhaps Cocteau's most accomplished film, PARENTS intensifies the play's claustrophobic, hothouse atmosphere so effectively that André Bazin (in his famous essay "Theater and Cinema") cited it as an ideal marriage of the two mediums. In French with English subtitles. New 2K DCP digital restoration. (MR)