1958. France. Louis Malle. 88 min.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013, 1:30 p.m.
Theater 3 (The Celeste Bartos Theater), mezzanine, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building
1958. France. Directed by Louis Malle. With Jeanne Moreau, Alain Cuny, Jose de Villalonga, Gaston Modot. Malle (1932–1995) had been assistant to Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau, the great documentarian and oceanographer, on The Silent World. Although, in a sense, Malle beat his Nouvelle Vague rivals to the punch, he remained a kind of odd man out, not being a part of the Cahiers du Cinéma crowd. Moreau’s two early films with Malle (Frantic and The Lovers) set the stage for her sensational work with Antonioni, Godard, Truffaut, Losey, Welles, and Buñuel over the next five years, and, in fact, for the next half-century. (For similar longevity at the apex of stardom, names like Gish, Dietrich, and Hepburn are unavoidable). Interestingly, Moreau directed Simone Signoret in The Adolescent, one of the latter actress’s last roles. In French; English subtitles. 88 min.