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<i>The Flesh of the Orchid</i>. 1975. France/Germany/Italy. Directed by Patrice Chéreau
  • The Flesh of the Orchid

    1975. France/Germany/Italy. Patrice Chéreau. 110 min.

Monday, October 18, 2010, 4:00 p.m.

Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1



  • The Flesh of the Orchid

    1975. France/Germany/Italy. Directed by Patrice Chéreau. Screenplay by Chéreau, Jean-Claude Carrière. With Charlotte Rampling, Simone Signoret, Alida Valli, Edwige Feuillère, Bruno Cremer. Cheréau’s debut film, loosely based on James Hadley Chase’s brutal psychological thriller of 1948, is a nasty piece of work, worthy of rediscovery for its deliciously fiendish performances (François Ozon would reunite the two leads, Rampling and Cremer, in his 2000 film Under the Sand). The film, about an heiress imprisoned by her scheming aunt, is also remarkable for its coruscating expressionist cinematography by the great Pierre Lhomme (Army of Shadows, Four Nights of a Dreamer, The Mother and the Whore), who supervised this new restoration by the Archives françaises du film-CNC. In French; English subtitles. 110 min.