French Film Series

Automne 2019

 

7-9:30 p.m. in BEC 318

  • French with English subtitles
  • Everyone is welcome
  • Click on the title to watch the trailer or clip.

October 22  Tout les matins du monde

In the late 17th century, the viola da gamba player Monsieur de Sainte Colombe comes home to find that his wife died while he was away. In his grief he builds a small house in his garden into which he moves to dedicate his life to music and his two young daughters Madeleine and Toinette, avoiding the outside world. Rumor about him and his music is widespread, and even reaches to the court of Louis XIV, who wants him at his court in Lully's orchestra, but Monsieur de Sainte Colombe refuses. One day a young man, Marin Marais, comes to see him with a request, he wants to be taught how to play the viola.

 

November 13  La vie en rose

Born into poverty and raised in a brothel, Édith Piaf manages to achieve worldwide fame. Though her extraordinary voice and charisma open many doors that lead to friendships and romances, she experiences great personal loss, drug addiction and an early death.

 

December 9  Carmen

Highly acclaimed cinematic version of Georges Bizet’s opera Carmen. Julia Migenes-Johnson's freckled, gamine Carmen is the chief glory of the production. Her strutting, her dark, messy hair - her sexual availability - attract the soldier Don José and drive him crazy. To keep her affection, he  abandons his childhood sweetheart, deserts the army and takes up with her criminal friends. Still, she spurns him for her new lover, the toreador Escamillo. When he cannot convince her to come back to him, he murders her.