• Le Dernier des six

    1941. France. Georges Lacombe. 90 min.

  • La terreur des Batignolles

    1931. France. Henri-Georges Clouzot. 15 min.

Monday, December 12, 2011, 7:15 p.m.

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

  • Le Dernier des six

    1941. France. Directed by Georges Lacombe. Screenplay by Henri-Georges Clouzot, based on the novel 6 Hommes morts by Stanislas-André Steeman. With Pierre Fresnay, Suzy Delair, Michèle Alfa, Jean Tissier. Made at the beginning of the occupation for the Nazi-financed production company Continental Films, Le Dernier des six was Clouzot’s brilliant first attempt at adapting one of Steeman’s witty, atmospheric whodunits (don’t miss The Murderer Lives at Number 21 and Quai des Orfèvres). The policier is set in an ominous and oppressive France of underground hideouts, cabarets, and noir-lit streets, where money comes between friends and inevitably leads to betrayal and murder. Particularly delightful are the inimitable 1940s French character actors who populate the film, including Fresnay as the sharp-witted detective Wens, Delair as his sexpot girlfriend (Clouzot’s mistress at the time, she would soon shine in Quai des Orfèvres), and the always unforgettable Tissier. Courtesy Gaumont and La Cinémathèque française. 90 min.

  • La terreur des Batignolles

    1931. France. Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot. Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot. Screenplay by Jacques de Baroncelli. An expressionist comedy set in a bohemian enclave of northern Paris, which Clouzot made shortly before he served as assistant director to Anatole Litvak and E.A. Dupont and began scripting French versions of German films at Berlin’s UFA studios. Digital preservation courtesy Lobster Films and Marie François Osso, Les Films Osso. 15 min.

In the Film exhibition Henri-Georges Clouzot

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