Juliette Gréco, Without Limits (Juliette Gréco, l’insoumise)
Philippe Pouchain and Yves Riou, 2011, France, 70m
Two films about artists who, in their individual ways, came to embody their respective generations. Moving to Paris when she was barely out of her teens, Juliette Gréco quickly fell in with the intellectual and artistic demi-monde of the Latin Quarter: Jean-Paul Sartre, Boris Vian, Miles Davis. She began a singing career, often using songs written by her artist friends, and drew raves from critics and audiences around the world. At 85, Ms. Gréco shows no sign of slowing down, and this terrific film by Philppe Pouchain and Yves Riou captures her preparing for and then giving a series of concerts in Paris, accompanied by her husband, pianist Gérard Jouannest.
Philip Roth, Without Complexes/Philip Roth, san complexe
William Karel, 2011, France, 52m
Philip Roth, Without Complexes is a surprisingly frank portrait of a major American author who’s as popular in France as in the U.S. Roth speaks candidly abut his upbringing, the success and the fallout from Portnoy’s Complaint, and his feelings about aging in this illuminating work by expert French documentarian William Karel (The World According to Bush, My Dad Is Into Terrorism).
Sun., March 4 – 5PM; Tues. March 6 – 3:45PM
Life After the Camps (Apres les camps, la vie)
Virginie Linhart, 2010, France, 75 min.
A rare Holocaust documentary focused on survivors, using personal records, family albums and personal reminiscences to create a revealing look at the courage, strength and sometimes contradictory emotions of those who had been to hell and back.
Fri., March 2 – 4PM; Tues., March 6 – 6:15PM
Restored by the Cinematheque Française!
Jean Grémillon, 1943, France, 112m
A marvelous new restoration of Jean Gremillon’s masterpiece, scripted by Jacques Prévert and Pierre Laroche, about the couplings and uncouplings of the weekend guests at a remote country estate.
Sat., March 3 – 6PM; Thurs., March 8 - 1:15PM
Michael Radford, 2011, France/Germany/Italy; 102m
Oscar-nominated filmmaker Michael Radford (Il postino) returns to his documentary roots in this touching look at the gifted jazz pianist Michel Petrucciani, who achieved fame on both sides of the Atlantic despite a debilitating physical condition.
Fri., March 2 – 8PM; Mon., March 5 – 2PM
Muslims of France (Musulmans de France)
Karim Miské and Mohamed Joseph, 2009, France; 160 min.
An extraordinary, three-part epic journey through the history of Muslims in France, beginning in the early 20th century and stretching to the present day.
Sat., March 3 – 3PM; Thurs., March 8 – 3:30PM
See How They Fall (Regarde les hommes tomber)
Jacques Audiard, 1994, France, 90m
A Prophet director Jacques Audiard’s made his superb debut with this sharply etched, darkly funny modern noir about the relationship between a small-time hood on the lam (Jean-Louis Trintignant) and the slow-witted lost soul (Mathieu Kassovitz) he reluctantly takes under his wing.
Mon., March 5 – 6:15PM; Wed., March 7 – 2PM
The Shiver of Vampires (Le frisson de vampires)
Jean Rollin, 1970, France, 95 min.
Considered the first mature work by the late cult favorite Jean Rollin, Shiver follows two attractive newlyweds as they stop for the evening in a picturesque castle and find themselves in the lair of a pack of lesbian vampires.
Sat., March 3 – 11:15PM - WRT