From Louis Feuillade’s epic criminal adventure Fantômas (1913) to Olivier Marchal’s decade-spanning A Gang Story (2011), Gaumont-produced tales of heists, chases, murder, wicked women, and questionable men have kept audiences in suspense the world over. To add a bit of chill to the New York summer heat, we pay tribute to a century of subtle, violent, earnest, and even comic thrillers with a selection of films from the Gaumont archives in France and from the vaults of American distributors. Noted filmmakers like Luc Besson, Claude Chabrol, Henri-Georges Clouzot, Jules Dassin, Jean-Luc Godard, Georges Franju, Sacha Guitry, Marcel Hazanavicius, and Robert Siodmak are included.
Organized by Laurence Kardish, Senior Curator, Department of Film, in association with Gaumont France.
The exhibition is supported in part by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States.
Image: Serie noire. 1979. France. Directed by Alain Corneau