1968. Italy/France. Alain Cavalier. 102 min.
Introduced by Serge Toubiana
Sunday, November 10, 2013, 3:30 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
1968. Italy/France. Directed by Alain Cavalier. Screenplay by Cavalier, Françoise Sagan, based on her novel. With Catherine Deneuve, Michel Piccoli, Roger Van Hool. La Chamade is "elegant and lucid...a movie of pure images" (Vincent Canby, The New York Times). Following the success of his politically charged Le Combat dans l'ile and his policier Mise à Sac (Pillaged, which screens on November 10 and 11), Alain Cavalier set his sights on a novel by Françoise Sagan, the author of Bonjour Tristesse. In this uncommonly perceptive tale of romantic entanglement, Catherine Deneuve stars as the beautiful mistress of a rich but staid businessman (played by the always brilliant Michel Piccoli) who suddenly falls for an adventurous but penniless younger man (Roger Van Hool). Filmed during the cultural revolution of May 1968, the Paris in La Chamade is worlds apart from the barricades in Nanterre; for Lucille, it is the choice between the comforts of croquet and Yves St. Laurent couture and a "liberated" but meager existence. Preserved by the Cinémathèque française. In French; English subtitles. 102 min.
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