Tuesday, January 10

Young Girls of Rochefort at FIAF

What’s Showing Today? Tuesday, January 10
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Featured Screening: Les demoiselles de Rochefort at French Institute Alliance Française

The French Institute Alliance Française‘s monthlong tribute to actor and producer Jacques Perrin begins today with two films directed by Jacques Demy: Donkey Skin and The Young Girls of Rochefort.

The Young Girls of Rochefort, Demy’s followup to The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, is a tribute to Hollywood musicals lensed in the south of France starring Catherine Deneuve and Françoise Dorléac as twin sisters looking for romantic and creative fulfillment over the course of a weekend a travelling fair (and Gene Kelly) arrives in town. Like Cherbourg, it features dazzling photography and the music of composer Michael Legrand. Critic Jonathan Rosenbaum declares it the greater work, despite its noted imperfections: “The score is Michel Legrand’s finest, with various jazz elements, lyrics in alexandrines by Demy, and intricately structured reprises that match the poetic, crisscrossing plot. Demy pays tribute to the American musical yet mixes in accoutrements of French poetic realism: dreams and reality coexist more strangely and stubbornly than in most other musicals. The results may be quintessentially French, but the energy and optimism are clearly inspired by America, and Gene Kelly’s appearances are sublime.” In a much lengthier piece, illustrated with generous screengrabs, Rosenbaum declares it his favorite musical outright.

FIAF’s Perrin tribute continues through January 31 with a pair of war films, Constantin Costa-GavrasSpecial Section and two acclaimed nature documentaries produced and narrated by Perrin.

Also Recommended

Tonight Bohemian National Hall offers a FREE screening of Jan Němec‘s 1966 Czech new wave classic A Report on a Party and Guests, a sort of cross between Funny Games and The Exterminating Angel in which an idyllic picnic is crashed by a domineering sadist.

Saxophonist Sam Hillmer, who performs as Diamond Terrifier, scores a remixed/condensed version of Shamans of the Blind Country at Spectacle Theater tonight. This strange documentary about the Magar mountain tribe of West Nepal is narrated by William Burroughs. The show goes on at 8:00 and 9:00 pm.


Bresson at Film Forum
Series Details

  • The Trial of Joan of ArcDetails. 1943. 35mm. 96 min. 1:15, 2:40, 4:05, 5:30 and 7:00 pm.
  • Les Anges du PéchéDetails. 1962. 35mm. 65 min. 8:20 pm.

Jacques Perrin: Renaissance Man at French Institute Alliance Française
Series details

  •  Donkey Skin. Details. 1970. 100 min. 12:30 and 4:00 pm.
  • The Young Girls of Rochefort. Details. 1967. 124 min. 7:30 pm.

Castles in the Sky: Miyazaki, Takahata & The Masters of Studio Ghibli at IFC Center
Series Details

  • Kiki’s Delivery Service (Hayao Miyazaki). Details. 35mm. 1989. 102 min. 10:40 am.
  • Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (Hayao Miyazaki). Details. 35mm. 1984. 116 min. 11:30 am.
  • Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki). Details. 35mm. 2002. 125 min. 12:35 and 10:10 pm.
  • Castle in the Sky (Hayao Miyazaki). Details. 35mm. 1986. 124 min. 1:40 pm.
  • Pom Poko (Isao Takahata). Details. 35mm. 1994. 119 min. 3:00 pm.
  • Princess Mononoke (Hayao Miyazaki). Details. 35mm. 1997. 134 min. 5:20 pm.
  • Only Yesterday (Isao Takahata). Details. 35mm. 1991. 118 min. 7:55 pm.

Report on a Party and Guests (Jan Němec) at Bohemian National Hall. Details. 1966. 68 min. 7:00 pm. FREE
Pops on Film: 1950-1971 at Maysles Cinema. Details. 7:00 pm.
Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory
 (Joe Berlinger & Bruce Sinofsky) at Museum of the Moving Image. Details. Directors in attendance. 2011. 106 min. 7:00 pm.
Shamans of the Blind Country Scored by Diamond Terrifier (Michael Oppitz, narrated by William Burroughs) at Spectacle Theater. Details. Remixed to about 50 min. 8:00 & 9:00 pm.


Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Nuri Bilge Ceyland) at Film ForumDetails. 2011. 157 min. 1:00, 5:30 and 8:30 pm.
A Separation (Asghar Farhadi) at Film ForumDetails. *Farhadi in attendance at 1:15 pm. 2011. 123 min. 1:15*, 4:00, 6:45 and 9:10 pm.



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