<em>Calcutta</em>. 1969. France/ India. Directed by Louis Malle. Image courtesy of Archives françaises du film du CNC, Bois d’Arcy.
  • Calcutta

    1969. France/India. Louis Malle. 99 min.

  • The House Is Black

    1962. Iran. Forugh Farrokhzad. 22 min.

Introduced by Eric Le Roy, chef de service at the CNC and president of FIAF, the International Federation of Film Archives

Friday, October 21, 2011, 7:00 p.m.

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

  • Calcutta

    1969. France/India. Directed by Louis Malle. The “mysteries” of India have invited countless cultural projections among Western filmmakers, from Roberto Rossellini to Jean Renoir to Wes Anderson. Malle, however, was uncommonly humble and unsentimental in his approach: "[Our filming in India] was completely improvised. We were sort of witnesses, but we never pretended we were part of it or even understood it.” His 40 hours of impressionistic footage would become this feature-length film, Calcutta, as well as the magisterial television documentary Phantom India. Malle turned out to be at his most personal when he was at his most disoriented, bringing a class consciousness to his depictions of the wretched poverty, squalor, and disease of Calcutta, as well as the city’s “million mutinies” that were taking place in 1968, particularly among student activists and striking workers. Preserved by Archives françaises du film du CNC, Bois d’Arcy. In French; English subtitles. 99 min.

  • The House Is Black

    1962. Iran. Directed by Forugh Farrokhzad. One of the great Iranian poets of the 20th century—her candor about sexual desire and the rights of women made her a pariah among Iranian authorities—Farrokhzad was 27 when she made her only film, a haunting and tender portrait of a leper colony outside Tabrz, the capital of Azerbaijan. She died in a car accident five years later. Farrokhzad’s interweaving of actuality and fiction, direct sound and lyrical narration, would have a profound impact on the development of the Iranian New Wave, especially on Abbas Kiarostami, who used one of her poems in his 1999 film The Wind Will Carry Us, and Moshen Makhmalbaf. Preserved by Archives françaises du film du CNC, Bois d’Arcy. In Farsi; English subtitles. 22 min.