• Poil de carotte

    1925. France. Julien Duvivier. Approx. 75 min.

Sunday, May 3, 2009, 2:30 p.m.


  • Poil de carotte

    1925. France. Directed by Julien Duvivier. Screenplay by Julien Duvivier, based on the story by Jules Renard. With André Heuzé, Henry Krauss, Charlotte Barbier-Krauss. Duvivier's breakthrough film is a heartbreaking, Dickensian story of a country boy, derisively nicknamed Carrot Top, who is physically and emotionally abused by his mother and neglected by his father. Recalling two other brilliant, silent-era portraits of childhood suffering—his mentor André Antoine's Le Coupable (1917) and Jacques Feyder's Visages d’enfants (1925)—Duvivier imbues his melodrama with a psychological depth, a sensitivity to peasant customs and pastoral light, and a harsh naturalism that transforms the Alpine landscape into a metaphor for loneliness and cruelty. Silent, with piano accompaniment. Approx. 75 min.

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