THE FRENCH HAD A NAME FOR IT 3
FIFTEEN MORE CLASSIC FRENCH FILMS NOIRS, 1939-1965
Presented by Mid-Century Productions
You were there for the electrifying first festival in 2014, where we proved that "Bardot is noir" and blew the house down with I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVES. And you were part of the sold-out crowd for the second festival last year, when Jean Gabin died slowly before your eyes (THE TRUTH ABOUT BABY DONGE),Jeanne Moreau was stalked by her own husband (BACK TO THE WALL), and Bernard Blier served on a jury investigating a murder that he'd committed (THE 7th JUROR)…
Brace yourself—THE FRENCH HAD A NAME FOR IT 3 is on its way. With 15 films ranging over four decades, featuring noir as only the French know how to do it. We salute forgotten directors (Christian-Jaque and Jean Delannoy), doomed leading ladies (Corinne Luchaire and Mireille Balin), and devote an entire day to the noir exploits of actor-director Robert Hossein. All this and much, much more…
The action begins on Thursday, November 3 with a double bill from the "early days" of French noir—including the long-awaited screening of LE DERNIER TOURNANT, the first film version of James M. Cain's THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE—and winds up with the superb "noir in heaven" fantasy classic THE CHIPS ARE DOWN on Monday the 7th.
5 DAYS—15 FILMS
The biggest and best foray into the "lost continent" of classic French noir yet. Full schedule and tickets come online September 23. Don't miss it!
DON MURRAY DOUBLE BILL TO SCREEN AT ROXIE OCTOBER 9th!
San Francisco subscribers to the MCP list will have a chance to see a sneak preview of Mid‑Century Productions honcho Don Malcolm's documentary UNSUNG HERO (2016) celebrating the life and times of actor-activist Don Murray, along with Murray's long-lost interracial romance CALL ME BY MY RIGHTFUL NAME (1972) on Sunday, October 9, beginning at 2:00 pm. There will be a Q&A with Chris Murray (schedule permitting) between films.
A "boutique" programming ventur9e designing "mini film festivals," MID-CENTURY PRODUCTIONS features films from cinema's most explosive three decades—the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. We program original festivals and work with organizations and individuals to craft singular programming that illuminates the hidden corners of these three decades.
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