Next Saturday at the Festival, Anthony Lane film critic at the New Yorker will screen and discuss Henri-Georges Clouzot’s 1947 film “Quai des Orfèvres” in the series of “overlooked masterpieces.”
In “5001 Nights at the Movies,” Pauline Kael, well-known movie critic, raved:
"A stunningly well-made entertainment, this detective film by Henri-Georges Clouzot features the master actor Louis Jouvet in the role of a police inspector. His world is contrasted with that of the music hall, represented by the full-blown, hypersexual Suzy Delair. When this voluptuous slut sings “Avec Son Tra-la-la,” she may make you wonder if the higher things in life are worth the trouble. With Bernard Blier as Delair’s worshipful-masochist husband, Charles Dullin in the role of a lecherous hunchback, and, as a lesbian photographer, Simone Renant, at the time said to be the most beautiful actress in Paris. The film took the top prize at Venice, but in this country it never got the audience it deserved."
Saturday, October 17th at 1.30pm
Then Richard Brody, movie editor, will host a screening and discussion of the 1987 film King Lear, starring Peter Sellars as a descendant of William Shakespeare who attempts to restore his plays in a post-apocalyptic world : "Godard’s 1987 adaptation of “King Lear” may well be his greatest film; it is, at least, the one that condenses the greatest number of his ideas, styles, and obsessions...The extravagant, tragicomic setup yields extraordinary results. For Godard, Shakespeare’s play offers a chance at nothing less than a cosmogony, the reinvention of the world by means of art. Beethoven, Jean Cocteau, Virginia Woolf, Joan of Arc, and a host of other luminaries, as well as the majestic Swiss landscape, with its luminous mountains, sky, and lake, are on hand to support Godard’s overwhelming aesthetic vision."
Saturday, at 5pm
Directors Guild Theatre
110 West 57th Street.Book tickets