Living Together

Directed byAnna KARINA

With:Anna Karina,Jean Aurel,Lynn Berkley,Michel Lancelot

Synopsis:

Julie Andersen, a free-spirited young hippy, seduces a serious and established professor. Drawn into her world, he falls into drugs, starts wearing jeans and loses his job. Julie gets pregnant and evolves in quite another direction, finds a job and starts to become responsible. Can they manage to live together? Anna Karina’s debut as screenwriter, producer and director.

93min French

Love and Anarchy

Directed byLina WERTMÜLLER

With:Eros Pagni,Giancarlo Giannini,Mariangela Melato

Synopsis:

Italy in the 1930’s. A young anarchist “Tunino” (a role which won Giancarlo Giannini top acting award in Cannes) is sent to assassinate Mussolini. Tunino’s contact in Rome is a lively flapper who arranges for the young man to stay at a brothel while preparing the assassination. However, a few days in the company of lovely young prostitutes can be very distracting and love and politics do not always mix well…

120min Italian

The Atlantic Wall

Directed byMarcel CAMUS

With:Bourvil,Jean Poiret,Peter McEnery,Sophie Desmarets

Synopsis:

Marcel Camus directs this gentle portrait of mild-mannered Léon (Bourvil), an innkeeper in Normandy who manages to stay clear of any political activity during the German Occupation until a British aviator shows up at his inn. Léon’s daughter falls in love with the British pilot and, just to complicate things, Léon finds himself caught up in a plot to assassinate Rommel !

110min French

Medea

Directed byPier Paolo PASOLINI

With:Giuseppe Gentile,Laurent Terzieff,Maria Callas,Massimo Girotti

Synopsis:

Pier Paolo Pasolini electrifies the myth of Medea (seduced and betrayed by Jason, she takes drastic measures to extract her revenge) with a mixture of ritual theatre and social anthropology. Maria Callas is riveting in the title role, giving a profoundly expressive performance as the deranged sorceress. Under Pasolini’s direction, the plight of colonised cultures is symbolised by Medea as she surrenders to the foreign intruder, betrays the secrets of her people and, in doing so, is driven to madness and murder.

110min Italian

The Hotshots

Directed byAlex JOFFÉ

With:Bourvil,Patrick Préjean,Robert Hirsch

Synopsis:

After some serious tinkering, modest inventor Jules Duroc (Bourvil) creates the first modern bicycle. Before Duroc can demonstrate his invention, he is forced to flee a relentless debt collector. The clever inventor hides out among the participants in the Paris-San Remo race – which he ends up winning thanks to his marvellous new bicycle.

110min French

The Last Adventure

Directed byRobert ENRICO

With:Alain Delon,Joanna Shimkus,Lino Ventura,Serge Regianni

Synopsis:

Two adventurers and best friends, Roland and Manu, are the victims of a practical joke that costs Manu his pilot’s license. With seeming contrition, the jokesters tell Roland and Manu about a crashed plane lying on the ocean floor off the coast of Congo stuffed with riches. The adventurers set off to find the loot. Going with them is Laetitia, an artistic young woman who treats them like brothers, plays along with their schemes, makes sculptures of found objects, and dreams of buying an old fort on the French coast. The Congo tip turns out to be a trap and the adventurers must pick up the pieces.

110min French

RUE DES CASCADES

Directed byMaurice DELBEZ

With:Daniel Jacquinot,Madeleine Robinson,Serge Nubret

Synopsis:

Ten-year-old Alain lives with his mother in the working class neighbourhood of Belleville- Ménilmontant on Rue des Cascades in Paris. When his mother’s young, black lover, Vincent, comes to live with them, Alain is overcome with jealousy and racist feelings. But Vincent warmly treats Alain as he would his own son, taking him around the city, playing with him and disarming every prejudice the boy harbours.

88min French

Ruy Blas

Directed byPierre BILLON

With:Danielle Darrieux,Jean Marais,Marcel Herrand

Synopsis:

Jean Cocteau adapts Victor Hugos’s great romantic drama for the screen and asks Pierre Billon to direct. Jean Marais stars in a double role, both as Ruy Blas, the poor young student deeply in love with the Queen of Spain (the radiant Danielle Darrieux) and the man he strangely resembles, Don Cesare de Bazin. Because of this uncanny physical similarity, the unscrupulous chief of police, Don Sallustre (Marcel Herrand), engages Ruy Blas in order to manipulate the Queen. But the evil Don Sallustre underestimates Ruy Blas’ loyalty to his Monarch…

93min French

The Royalists

Directed byHenri CALEF

With:Jean Marais,Madeleine Robinson,Marcel Herrand

Synopsis:

During the tempestuous French Revolution, the Marquis of Montauran arrives in Brittany to lead an uprising of the local loyalist forces, the Chouans. The dashing Marquis (Jean Marais) meets with resistance but is joined by the lovely Republican spy, Marie de Verneuil (Madeleine Lebeau).

92min French

L’Arlesienne

Directed byMarc ALLÉGRET

With:Gaby Morlay,Louis Jourdan,Raimu

Synopsis:

Set in 19th Century Camargue, this poignant adaptation of Alphonse Daudet’s play, accompanied with Georges Bizet’s stirring score, follows the star-crossed loves and obsessions of charming Frédéri. This young son of wealthy farmers falls helplessly in love with a woman from Arles whom he dreams of marrying. His protective family learns that the woman, whose name is never mentioned and is only referred to as “the woman from Arles”, has already had an adventure with another man. Frédéri is crushed by this revelation. Despite the efforts of his family to help him and the affections oflovely Vivette, Frédéri cannot live without his Arlésienne…

92min French

The Phantom Carriage

Directed byJulien DUVIVIER

With:Louis Jouvet,Marie Bell,Pierre Fresnay

Synopsis:

The creaking wheels of the phantom carriage ridden by Death himself – and driven for a year by the hapless man who dies at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve – provide the sinister backdrop for this rare French fantasy film. Pierre Fresnay is remarkable as hard-drinking tough guy, David, whose buddy Georges (the equally remarkable Louis Jouvet) haunts his nights as the ghostly carriage driver. A woman from the Salvation Army will try to save David from the fate of his friend…

88min French

The Holy year

Directed byJean GIRAULT

With:Danielle Darrieux,Jean Claude Brialy,Jean Gabin

Synopsis:

Max (Jean Gabin), an aging gangster, and his cellmate, Pierre (Jean-Claude Brialy) escape from prison. They board an airplane for Rome where Max has stashed a huge amount of gold and disguise themselves as clergymen in order to blend in with the wave of priests heading for the Vatican during the Holy Year. Things become quite complicated for the fake bishop and his friend when their plane is hijacked and heads not for Rome but Tangiers!