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April 8, 2014  |  An Auteurist History of Film
Arthur Penn’s Bonnie and Clyde
March 28, 2014  |  An Auteurist History of Film
Francois Truffaut’s Fahrenheit 451
Fahrenheit 451. 1966. Great Britain. Directed by Francois Truffaut

Julie Christie in Fahrenheit 451. 1966. Great Britain. Directed by Francois Truffaut

These notes accompany screenings of Francois Truffaut’s </em>Fahrenheit 451</a> on April 2, 3, and 4 in Theater 3.</p>

By the mid-1960s, I had already made up my mind that Francois Truffaut (1932–1984) was my favorite of the French New Wave directors, who had transcended their roots as film critics.

March 25, 2014  |  An Auteurist History of Film
Bo Widerberg’s Raven’s End
March 18, 2014  |  An Auteurist History of Film
Robert Rossen’s The Hustler
March 11, 2014  |  An Auteurist History of Film
Michael Roemer’s Nothing but a Man
March 4, 2014  |  An Auteurist History of Film
Joseph Losey’s The Servant
The Servant. 1963. Great Britain. Directed by Joseph Losey

The Servant. 1963. Great Britain. Directed by Joseph Losey

These notes accompany screenings of Joseph Losey’s </em>The Servant</a> on March 5, 6, and 7 in Theater 3.</p>

Joseph Losey (1909–1984) was the most interesting director to come out of the American left, except possibly for Constantinople-born Elia Kazan.

February 25, 2014  |  An Auteurist History of Film
Peter Emanuel Goldman’s Echoes of Silence
Echoes of Silence. 1965. USA. Written, directed, and photographed by Peter Emmanuel Goldman

Echoes of Silence. 1965. USA. Written, directed, and photographed by Peter Emmanuel Goldman

These notes accompany screenings of Peter Emanuel Goldman’s </em>Echoes of Silence</a> on February 26, 27, and 28 in Theater 3.</p>

As Peter Emanuel Goldman has graciously informed me, accounts of his death (as Mark Twain said of his own in 1897) have been greatly exaggerated.

February 18, 2014  |  An Auteurist History of Film
Hiroshi Teshigahara’s Woman in the Dunes
February 11, 2014  |  An Auteurist History of Film
Roman Polanski’s Repulsion
Catherine Deneuve in Repulsion. 1965. Great Britain. Directed by Roman Polanski

Catherine Deneuve in Repulsion. 1965. Great Britain. Directed by Roman Polanski

These notes accompany screenings of Roman Polanski’s </em>Repulsion</a> on February 12, 13, and 14 in Theater 3.</p>

Although his first feature, Knife in the Water</a>, was something of an international success, Roman Polanski’s career plans remained uncertain.

February 4, 2014  |  An Auteurist History of Film
Two Films by Ousmane Sembene
Black Girl. 1965. Senegal. Written and directed by Ousmane Sembene

Black Girl. 1965. Senegal. Written and directed by Ousmane Sembene

These notes accompany a program of films by Ousmane Sembene screening on February 5, 6, and 7 in Theater 3.

Ousmane Sembene (1923–2007) of Senegal is considered “the father of African film,” and the two films in this program are among his earliest works. By the time he came to film, at age 40, he had a checkered past ranging from deep immersion in tribal religion to Communism, and from military service to being a longshoreman in Marseille.