Midcentury Productions Executive Director Don Malcolm is pleased to announce that his groundbreaking French noir series, THE FRENCH HAD A NAME FOR IT, returns to the Roxie this fall. MCP and the Roxie have devised a segmented schedule for FRENCH '21, subtitled "Return of the Suppressed" to remind old and new viewers alike that this series (almost) exclusively specializes in French noirs not seen outside France for more than half a century.
On Sunday, October 24: a day/night lineup of four films showcasing recently deceased 60s icon Jean–Paul Belmondo (two matinée films) and the immortal Jean Gabin (two evening films, including a special screening of the iconic TOUCHEZ PAS AU GRISBI.
The festival incorporates past favorites from the legendary seven-series run as well as new rediscoveries, including the previously ballyhooed PIEGE POUR CENDRILLON aka TRAP FOR CINDERELLA (1965), screening with our #3 all-time festival favorite COMPARTIMENT TUEURS aka THE SLEEPING CAR MURDERS (1965) on Saturday evening, November 13th in a double bill Don calls "The Best of '65." Among the highlights of the November screenings is an opening night triple bill honoring the festival's most beloved discovery, actor-director Robert Hossein (1927-2020).
Hossein will also be fêted in December when the popular NOIR NOEL event will occur on Sunday, December 12, with two more of his films, including the peerless Xmas noir PARIS PICK-UP/LE MONTE-CHARGE.
"The Roxie's annual 'The French Had a Name for It' festival has transformed our understanding of film noir, its origins and development in less than a decade. Rather than something invented (or at least synthesized) in Hollywood and then copied throughout the world, these annual French film festivals have revealed noir to have been the result of a give-and-take of influences, with the French having as much claim to the genre as Americans."
—Mick LaSalle, Datebook - SF Chronicle 11-07-2021
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