Summer Melancholia Double Bill
Thursday, June 26, 2008, 5:30 p.m.
Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2
Includes the following films:
A Day in the Country
1936/1946. France. Directed by Jean Renoir. Screenplay by Renoir, based on a story by Guy de Maupassant. With Sylvia Bataille, Georges Darnoux, Jeanne Marken, Jacques Borel, Renoir. Shot in 1936 and released ten years later, Renoir's rueful, beautiful narrative follows a shopkeeper, his wife, and their daughter as they spend a Sunday rowing, flirting, and watching the water—like their lives—flow idly by. This remains one of cinema's most soul-satisfying experiences. In French; English subtitles. 40 min.
Smiles of a Summer Night
1955. Sweden. Written and directed by Ingmar Bergman. With Gunnar Björnstrand, Eva Dahlbeck, Ulla Jacobsson, Harriet Andersson. This richly melancholic comedy about the passage of time, infidelity, passions spent, and behavior both civilized and bawdy still inspires and captivates after a half century. In Swedish; English subtitles. 105 min.