1949. France. Henri-Georges Clouzot. 100 min.
Sunday, December 11, 2011, 2:30 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
1949. France. Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot. Screenplay by Clouzot, Jean Ferry, based on the novel Manon Lescaut by l’Abbé Prévost. With Serge Reggiani, Cécile Aubry, Michel Auclair. Clouzot transformed Prévost’s 18th-century tale of sexual mores into a portrait of cowardice, hypocrisy, greed, and carnal love at the bitter dawn of newly liberated France. Blacklisted for several years after making Le Corbeau for the Nazi-financed Continental Films, he found in Manon a character dear to his heart: an amoral, baby-faced prostitute who is branded a collaborator for her wartime sins, who sleeps with rich men for dresses and jewels, and who takes a Maquis fighter as her lover, the two escaping the black markets of Paris to meet their fate in the deserts of Palestine. 100 min.