Tuesday, April 3

The Mother and the Whore at FIAF

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Featured Screening: The Mother and the Whore at French Institute Alliance Française

Actress Bernadette Lafont is the subject of a monthlong retrospective kicking off at French Institute Alliance Française today, and 7:30 pm tonight it offers a rare screening of Jean Eustache‘s debut The Mother and the Whore.

The Mother and the Whore is regarded as one of the greatest French films ever made—a 1973, bleak portrait of a young love triangle noted as both an elegy for the French New Wave and a post-mortem on 1968’s revolutionary fervor. It’s the film on which Eustache’s reputation is largely staked: the first of only two narrative features rounded out by a dozen short films, from all of which only The Mother and the Whore and the short La Père Noël a les yeux bleus have ever received North American distribution. Details of Eustache’s early life are faint-to-nonexistent, though he has proclaimed all his films to be autobiographical. Eustache joined the Cahiers du cinema entourage in the late 1950’s and made the majority of his short films between 1963 and the release of The Mother and the Whore and its follow-up Mes petites amoureuses. Many details of The Mother‘s lead character are taken directly from Eustache’s own life, including recreations of actual conversations. The cast principle, which includes Lafont and The 400 Blows‘s Jean-Pierre Leaud is rounded out by Francoise Lebrun, who had never before acted and reflects her real-life role as Eustache’s former lover; the script was written specifically with her and Leaud in mind.

Tuesday, April 17 Lafont will appear in person to introduce a showing of her film debut, François Truffaut‘s 1957 second short The Mischief Makers and his 1972 feature Such a Gorgeous Girl Like Me.


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Series Details

  • Girlfriends (Claudia Weill). Details. Weill in attendance for Q&A at 6:50 pm. 16mm. 1978. 86 min. 6:50 and 9:15 pm.

Bernadette Lafont at French Institute Alliance Française
Series Details

  • The Good Time Girls (Claude Chabrol). Details. 1960. 100 min. 12:30 and 4:00 pm.
  • The Mother and the Whole (Jean Eustache). Details. 1973. 217 min. 7:30 pm.

La Vita e Cinema: The Films of Nanni Moretti at IFC Center
Series Details

  • The Mass Is Ended. Details. 35mm. 1985. 94 min. 7:00 pm.
  • Palombella Rossa. Details. 35mm. 1989. 89 min. 9:15 pm.

Street Views at Maysles Cinema Series Details

  • Disorder (Huang Weikai) with Incident by a Bank (Ruben Ostlund). Q&A follows. 2009. 7:30 pm.

Carte Blanche: Cindy Sherman at MoMA
Series Details

  • The Host (Joon-ho Bong). Details. 2006. 119 min. 4:30 pm.
  • Fuego (Armando Bo). Details. 1969. 90 min. 8:00 pm.

Newfilmmakers Presents Indian Film Night at Anthology Film Archives. Details. 6:00 pm.
They Call it Myanmar: Lifting the Curtain (RobertH. Lieberman) at Film Society of Lincoln Center. Details. 2011. 90 min. 6:30 pm.
Damsels in Distress (Whit Stillman) at Film Society of Lincoln Center. Details. Stillman in attendance. 2011. 99 min. 8:30 pm.
(Kaneto Shindo) at The Metropolitan Museum. Details. 1968. 99 min. 2:00 pm. FREE with donation-based museum admission.
Crappy Cinema Council 22nd Anniversary Spectacular at Public Assembly. Details. Featuring Found Footage Festival, TV Carnage, Matt Wayne, Sara Schaefer, Jeff Wesselschmidt and Steve O’Brien. 9:00 pm. FREE.


The Long Day Closes (Terence Davies) at Film Forum. Details. 35mm. 1992. 83 min. 1:00, 2:45, 4:30, 6:15, 8:00 and 9:45 pm.
The Island President (Jon Shenk) at Film Forum. Details. 2011. 101 min. 1:15, 3:15, 5:30, 7:50 and 10:00 pm.
Gerhard Richter Painting (Corinna Belz) at Film Forum. Details. 2011. 94 min. 1:00, 6:10 and 10:15 pm.
A Separation (Asghar Farhadi) at Film Forum. Details. 2011. 122 min. 3:00 and 8:00 pm.



Below listed North-South


  • David Lynch at Tilton Gallery, 8 East 76 Street. Open Tues-Sat 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ends April 14.