1958. France/Tunisia. Jacques Baratier. 81 min.
Introduced by Diane Baratier
Saturday, October 12, 2013, 6:30 p.m.
Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2
1958. France/Tunisia. Directed by Jacques Baratier. With Omar Sharif, Claudia Cardinale, Zina Bouzaiade. Alexander Payne (Nebraska, The Descendants, Sideways) writes, “A film of pure delight and wonder, and at a perfect length of around 80 minutes, Goha mixes age-old storytelling with cinematic precision reminiscent of the films of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. Featuring a young and gorgeous Omar Sharif and Claudia Cardinale—don't miss it.” A jewel in Payne’s Carte Blanche selection for To Save and Project, Goha was the first film shot and produced in independent Tunisia, and marked Baratier’s dazzling feature debut. Featuring a screenplay by the French-Lebanese poet Georges Schehadé, the film won the Prix International at Cannes in 1958 and counted Jean-Luc Godard among its admirers. Earlier this year, it made its triumphant return to Cannes in a gorgeous restoration by the Archives françaises du film du CNC, Bois d'Arcy, working in partnership with Diane Baratier, the filmmaker’s daughter and Eric Rohmer’s longtime cinematographer. The Tunisian-born actress Cardinale, whom Baratier discovered at a local high school, would rise from her scene-stealing role as a servant to become the star of such films as 8 1/2 and The Leopard. Sharif also achieved international renown for his affectionate performance as the trickster-fool Goha, a beloved folk hero of the Arab world. Restored by the Ministry of Culture of Tunisia/Diane Baratier – restoration CNC AFF (2012). In French; English subtitles. 81 min.
In the Film exhibition To Save and Project: The 11th MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation
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