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Two French 35mm Imports

December 7 to December 16

Two extravagantly colorful glories of French cinema, alive with song and dance, here showing the way that they should be seen—in original format 35mm, on imported prints. The freewheeling, self-reinventing Jean Renoir was a kind of model to the disparate directors of the French New Wave, including Jacques Demy, whose gaily bedight musical films took inspiration from Hollywood while pursuing a distinctly Gallic version of the genre, following the direction indicated by Renoir’s magnificent French Cancan. Renoir’s film, when placed next to a work that is arguably the apotheosis of Demy’s style, The Young Girls of Rochefort, makes for staggeringly sumptuous viewing—a reminder of the pure pleasure that cinema is capable of conveying.

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