Two French 35mm Imports

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"Two extravagantly colorful glories of French cinema, alive with song and dance, here showing the way that they should be seen—in original format 35mm, on imported prints. The freewheeling, self-reinventing Jean Renoir was a kind of model to the disparate directors of the French New Wave, including Jacques Demy, whose gaily bedight musical films took inspiration from Hollywood while pursuing a distinctly Gallic version of the genre, following the direction indicated by Renoir’s magnificent French Cancan. Renoir’s film, when placed next to a work that is arguably the apotheosis of Demy’s style, The Young Girls of Rochefort, makes for staggeringly sumptuous viewing—a reminder of the pure pleasure that cinema is capable of conveying."—Metrograph