La Collectionneuse

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“Qui est La Collectionneuse?” La Collectionneuse — the woman who collects — is the totemic hostess of Cinefamily’s new monthly cinematic salon for lovers of French film and culture. For her monthly soirée, La Collectionneuse opens her private cabinet de curiosités to share pearls of cinéma français –from rare shorts and scopitones to feature film discoveries.–followed by sparkling conversations, artistic installations, and delightful libations, all enjoyed in our own little backyard guinguette! For La Collectionneuse isn’t just collecting her beloved objets d’art to fascinate and entertain you, she’s gathering her favorite people….if you’re lucky, maybe she’ll collect you!

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La Collectionneuse: Going Places

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6/24/2016 - 7:30PM

Few French films in the ’70s caused more of a ruckus than this horny, hilarious smack in the face to the establishment, featuring Gerard Depardieu and the late Patrick Dewaere as a pair of charismatic, animalistic drifters stealing and screwing their way across the French countryside. Adapted from his own novel by Bertrand Blier, this landmark assault on bourgeois materialism provides Blier’s signature off-kilter whimsy at every unexpected turn, as the anarchic attached-at-the-hip duo (the “testicles” of the film’s original French title, Les Valseuses) do the Kerouac-ian shake, aided by three of France’s most amazing actresses of any era: Miou-Miou, Isabelle Huppert and Jeanne Moreau, who caps her role with a scene that still potently shocks forty years on. Just as seismic as the film’s attitude towards middle-class morality is its impossibly cool editing rhythms—throughout, we pop in and out of emotional and physical transitions as tremendous as Lawrence of Arabia’s blowing-out-a-match-becomes-the-sunrise. Silly, sad, vicious, and tender, this is Blier at his finest, best seen on 35mm and with an audience!

Dir. Bertrand Blier, 1974, 35mm, 113 min.

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LA COLLECTIONNEUSE: Pickpocket

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5/20/2016 - 7:30PM

Co-presented by the French Film and TV Office

Considering all the innocuous films that have been censored for their subversive ideas, it’s amazing that Pickpocket, Bresson’s deeply seductive user manual for the art of petty theft, was never locked up. It deconstructs a soul’s journey away from and back to God, granted, but the film also functions as a genuine tutorial. Training your eyes to hone in automatically on pricey accessories, Bresson instructs the viewer like Penn and Teller, doubling each gesture, showing you the trick first and then revealing his secret. The impressive sleights of hand were performed and advised by “Kassagi,” a Tunisian pickpocket who, cast in the film essentially as himself, went on to become a famous magician. The film’s hero, Michel—looking childlike in suits that don’t quite fit while fancying himself a Nietzschean superthief—alienates himself from his already-scant kin as he sinks deeper into the inherent sexual excitement of theft, toying precariously with the very real police.

Dir. Robert Bresson, 1959, 35mm, 75 min.

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Eric Rohmer's La Collectionneuse

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4/24/2016 - 7:30PM

Co-presented by the French Film and TV Office
Print courtesy of Institut Français and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy

Join La Collectionneuse to celebrate the one year anniversary of her beloved series, with Eric Rohmer’s La Collectionneuse + a party with a set by DJ Pierrot from Décadanse Soirée!

Witty, philosophical, erotic, and true to life, La Collectionneuse is like a dream-vision of the summer vacation in the south of France you never had. As contradictory, sensual, and sardonic as its languid heroes, the fourth installment in Éric Rohmer’s Moral Tales throws a spotlight on small moments of romantic caprice or boredom, and practically heralds the new, bohemian style of dandyism as it emerged in the ’60s: voluntary unemployment, casual sex, avant-garde philosophy, pop music and comic books. As he staged these gorgeous Côte d’Azur-set scenes, Rohmer obsessed himself with authenticity: visual artist Daniel Pommereulle plays himself and co-wrote the dialogue with the other two leads, and the filmmaker himself called around for collectors of insect noises to find the right species for Saint-Tropez in June.

Dir. Éric Rohmer, 1967, 16mm, 89 min.

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La Collectionneuse: The Mother and the Whore

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2/12/2016 - 7:30PM

Co-presented by the French Film and TV Office
Print courtesy of Institut Français and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy

With Jim Smith from The Smell DJ-ing post-show, plus a photo booth on the patio!

A rambling snapshot of the disillusioned new generation in 1973 Paris, Jean Eustache’s The Mother and the Whore is a jewel of French ’70s cinema. Eustache—whose free-form, expressive realism and fiercely independent spirit has inspired greats from Jim Jarmusch to Claire Denis—has been called an “ethnographer of his own reality,” a dandyish neo-Lumiére whose candid representation of a ménage à trois is as lifelike as it gets, featuring Bernadette Lafont and Jean-Pierre Leaud stretching their New Wave caricatures to flamboyant heights, undercut with stark frankness.

Come watch these stylish children of the countercultural revolution drunkenly trample one-another’s egos, staging their battles of the heart on a mattress without a frame and cheating on each other in the same room in this epic anti-Valentine.

Dir Jean Eustache, 1973, 35mm, 219 min.

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LA COLLECTIONNEUSE: 8 Femmes

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1/28/2016 - 7:30PM

Co-presented by the French Film & TV Office

Set by DJ Fifi Laroux

Roger Ebert called 8 Femmes “the first Agatha Christie musical” – a murder mystery combined with an old Hollywood musical, staged like a runway show, and starring a band of legendary French actresses clad in haute-retro styles, on a beautiful technicolor-era set. If Fanny Ardant wrestling Catherine Deneuve to the floor in fabulous ’50s couture doesn’t pique your interest for some reason, there’s always the rest of the titular 8, who have dozens of César awards and nominations between them. Their combined reputations are staggering: Deneuve and Ardant regularly starred in works by the likes of Polanski, Truffaut, Bunuel, Antonioni, Demy, Varda and Resnais; Danielle Darrieux has been a legend so long her name is deployed as a pop-culture reference in Inglourious Basterds. This wacky old-school sleuther meets the new millennium with director Francois Ozon’s uncensored black humor, touting gleeful song-and-dance numbers about incest, adultery and murder.

Dir.François Ozon, 2002, 35mm, 111 min.

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Pierrot le Fou (Opening Night Party!)

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1/22/2016 - 7:30PM

Live Set by Marc Wright aka DJ Pierrot from Décadanse Soirée!

“Tendre et cruel… réel et suréel… terrifiant et marrant…” drones the enigmatic Jean-Paul Belmondo, quoting lines from Jacques Prévert in one of Pierrot Le Fou’s many referential gestures. Jean-Luc Godard’s seductive and unwieldy early-career prismatic masterpiece—presented in a dazzling new restoration—is as beguiling a road film as ever.

Belmondo and Anna Karina are a delightfully foolhardy pair, as unpredictable and decadent as their getaway cars and the blue of the Mediterranean sea, as they flee Paris like a crime scene (and perhaps it is) to traipse around the French Riviera, in a narrative that plays alternately as comedy, drama, and sentimental love story, with a touch of an inscrutable energy most precisely articulated by Renata Adler as “gentle lunacy” (NYT). New 4K restoration by Rialto Pictures.

Dir. Jean-Luc Godard, 1965, DCP, 110 min.

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LA COLLECTIONNEUSE: A Christmas Tale

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12/23/2015 - 7:30PM

Co-presented by the French Film & TV Office

Nominated for the Palme d’Or, selected on many of 2008′s best-of lists, and perhaps Desplechin’s finest directorial work, Un conte de Noël reinvents the holiday movie as a freewheeling auteurist meditation on the ways in which we love each other in spite of maybe not loving each other that much. Featuring world-class heavy hitters like Catherine Deneuve and Mathieu Amalric delivering empathetic performances, this anti-holiday movie revels in its existential ambivalence, cooly tragic as it nimbly hops between moods and perspectives, with unexpected monologues into camera, poetic editorial flourishes, and sumptuous, nostalgic cinematography. Witty, philosophical, and emotionally volatile, this yuletide portrait of a family of besieged aristocrats and burnt-out prodigies trying to make sense of their lives has absolutely no carols (hip-hop and classical instead), and lots of opportunity for a little merry schadenfreude.

Dir. Arnaud Desplechin, 2008, 35mm, 150 min.

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LA COLLECTIONNEUSE: Nenette and Boni

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12/8/2015 - 7:30PM

Co-presented by the French Film & TV Office.
DJ set by Sun Araw!

If American Pie is post-pubescent psych for dummies, then Claire Denis’ wistful, sexy, mysterious ode to the eroticism of pizza dough and “long french sticks” is like the teen food fetishist’s kamasutra. La Collectionneuse’s favorite film she’s screened thus far, this hits that off-kilter/emotionally disturbed/candy-colored mid-nineties sweet spot—think electric blue eyeshadow, cleavage at the pastry counter, and Vincent Gallo in the background ranting about how he’s “had enough of these fucking croissants.” It’s all poetry, though, with dreamy moods taking precedence over explanation as Denis plucks grace notes out of ape-ish Boni’s hyper-sexy/angry boy brain, juxtaposed with wispy Nenette, vagabond sister whose mission to lose her unborn kid awakens some kind of caveman paternity in her pizza-pounding brother. Set inside a beautiful portrait of Marseilles, a messy, smelly port city expressing itself poignantly as Denis telescopes into fantasies of skin, where estranged urban kids preside over alleys and odd jobs, dreaming of domesticity and fondling french rolls. You’ll never look at your coffee machine the same way…

Dir. Claire Denis, 1996, 35mm, 103 min.

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LA COLLECTIONNEUSE - Out 1: Noli me Tangere (L.A. Premiere of the New Restoration!) + Pot Luck!

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11/15/2015 - 12PM

Co-Presented by Super Long Movie Club.

Ring the bells and set off the sirens: the restoration of Jacques Rivette’s sprawling French New Wave masterpiece OUT 1 is the cinephile event of the year!

Clocking in at just under 13 hours, seeing Rivette’s sprawling and episodic magnum opus is the “movie equivalent of reading Proust” (Dennis Lim, NYT); consuming such a beautiful and famously gargantuan work is—like travelling to an exotic land or learning how to tango—the stuff of bucket lists and bragging rights. Originally intended for French television, it’s a cat’s cradle of criss-crossing narrative threads and characters set amongst two countercultural theatre troupes in 1960s Paris (with all their utopian aspirations), shot with a French New Wave formal freedom that, along with it’s status as the second-longest narrative feature of all time, makes it one of the truly unique specimens of the filmic ecosystem.

OUT 1 has been virtually impossible to see since its premiere in 1971, so thank the film gods, and Carlotta Films, for this brand new restoration, allowing us the rare opportunity to watch this cinematic milestone on the big screen, or at all for that matter.

Over two days, the Super Long Movie Club will watch, break, discuss, eat, and maybe just learn a little bit about each other, all on the way to finishing one of the greatest films of all time. And we’ll have a potluck, so bring a dish.

Dir. Jacques Rivette, 1971, 729 min., New DCP Restoration

NOTE: You only need to buy one ticket. It will get you into both days of the film. No refunds allowed after Oct. 31st.

SCHEDULE:

Day 1 (Nov. 14th at 11 am) Doors at 10:00AM!
Episodes 1-2 (199 min. + Short bathroom break between)
Intermission
Episodes 3-4 (215 min. + Short bathroom break between)

Day 2 (Nov. 15th at Noon) Doors at 11:00AM!
Episodes 5-6 (190 min. + Short bathroom break between)
Intermission
Episodes 7-8 (171 min. + Short bathroom break between)

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LA COLLECTIONNEUSE - Out 1: Noli me Tangere (L.A. Premiere of the New Restoration!) + Pot Luck!

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11/14/2015 - 11AM

Co-Presented by Super Long Movie Club.

Ring the bells and set off the sirens: the restoration of Jacques Rivette’s sprawling French New Wave masterpiece OUT 1 is the cinephile event of the year!

Clocking in at just under 13 hours, seeing Rivette’s sprawling and episodic magnum opus is the “movie equivalent of reading Proust” (Dennis Lim, NYT); consuming such a beautiful and famously gargantuan work is—like travelling to an exotic land or learning how to tango—the stuff of bucket lists and bragging rights. Originally intended for French television, it’s a cat’s cradle of criss-crossing narrative threads and characters set amongst two countercultural theatre troupes in 1960s Paris (with all their utopian aspirations), shot with a French New Wave formal freedom that, along with it’s status as the second-longest narrative feature of all time, makes it one of the truly unique specimens of the filmic ecosystem.

OUT 1 has been virtually impossible to see since its premiere in 1971, so thank the film gods, and Carlotta Films, for this brand new restoration, allowing us the rare opportunity to watch this cinematic milestone on the big screen, or at all for that matter.

Over two days, the Super Long Movie Club will watch, break, discuss, eat, and maybe just learn a little bit about each other, all on the way to finishing one of the greatest films of all time. And we’ll have a potluck, so bring a dish.

Dir. Jacques Rivette, 1971, 729 min., New DCP Restoration

NOTE: You only need to buy one ticket. It will get you into both days of the film. No refunds allowed after Oct. 31st.

SCHEDULE:

Day 1 (Nov. 14th at 11 am) Doors at 10:00AM!
Episodes 1-2 (199 min. + Short bathroom break between episodes)
Intermission
Episodes 3-4 (215 min. + Short bathroom break between episodes)

Day 2 (Nov. 15th at Noon) Doors at 11:00AM!
Episodes 5-6 (190 min. + Short bathroom break between episodes)
Intermission
Episodes 7-8 (171 min. + Short bathroom break between episodes)

Watch the trailer!

La Collectionneuse: SHEITAN (w/ Actress Roxane Mesquida in person) + After Party w/ DJ Pop Noir!

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10/17/2015 - 7:30PM

Co-presented by the French Film & TV Office.

Lead actress Roxane Mesquida (Fat Girl, Sex Is Comedy, Kaboom) in person! After party with DJ set by Pop Noir.

Slack-jawed Parisian shoplifters think their sexy new acquaintance is leading them to her family’s remote and decaying rural estate for some reason other than to stalk and mutilate them—arousing the libido just long enough to cut it off with gardening shears—in this freakishly stylish creep-show, equal parts inbred horror and slacker comedy. Vincent Cassel is Satan incarnate, as a Gallic sheepherder with a deeply unsettling Cheshire cat grin, on this depraved spring-break-in-the-provinces. Expect disquieting juxtapositions of steamy foreplay with greasy shots of deli meat, unpleasant cutaways to satanic goats and canine genitalia, and an al Qaeda-themed rap video (seriously), plus plenty of surreal scares, captured by slick and often beautiful cinematography.

Dir. Kim Chapiron, 2006, Digibeta, 94 min.

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LA COLLECTIONNEUSE: Innocence

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9/16/2015 - 7:30PM

Co-presented by the French Film & TV Office

After party with tunes by MASHA and drinks, treats and photobooth: put on your best schoolgirl/boy or teacher outfit!

* Free French wine tasting, thanks to Loire Valley USA!

* Photo booth by DOSSHAUS!

Solemn children performing rituals in matching white uniforms is usually a good indication you’re not watching a romantic comedy, and trust us, you’re not. Idyllic summer camp vibes gradually decay into unexplained fear, as frolicking little girls train each other to obey unseen authorities and escape is gently forbidden. This highly choreographed, hyper-minimal gothic fever dream sinks through levels of surreality (doe-eyed kids enter the campus in coffins; ballerinas perform for a murmuring audience of shadows; playtime imperceptibly shifts to unmotivated violence) until it comes full circle and appears alarmingly real. Based on the novella by Frank Wedekind, two of whose stage plays became Tony-winner Spring Awakening and German silent classic Pandora’s Box, Innocence won top honors at Stockholm Film Festival for director Lucile Hadžihalilović and cinematographer Benoît Debie, who also collaborated on Gaspar Noé’s Enter the Void. Marion Cotillard’s tragic elegance matches the film’s; she nurtures the children and punishes them in a stately world of propriety, where tranquility and opulence give way to a strange, hidden brutality.

Dir. Lucile Hadzihalilovic, 2004, 35mm, 122 min.

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LA COLLECTIONNEUSE: Casque d'Or

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8/16/2015 - 7:30PM

Co-presented by The French Film & TV Office

6:30 pm Reception // 7:30pm Movie

DJ set by Doug Jones aka Dante Fontana!

Outdoor pre-reception with accordion player Andy Favre, drinks, treats and photobooth: don’t forget to dress up to enjoy our guinguette!

The title means “golden helmet,” referring to a truly fierce hairdo – a crown of platinum locks with icicle bangs, while black jewels hang from her neck like daggers. Marie rocks it like armor against the extra-dapper mobsters who buy her love on the smoky dancefloors of lavish, lascivious belle époque Paris. She’s Simone Signoret, whose movie star chemistry with co-lead Serge Reggiani reaffirms the existence of a deeper celebrity mystery. Serge’s gentle swagger as Manda the ex-con loverboy makes him like an irresistible puppy that sometimes kills other dogs, and Simone wreaks abiding destruction on every man she catches with her strangely sardonic “come hither” stare. French master Jacques Becker undermines all the wistfulness and nostalgia with too-real portrayals of modern people succumbing to their least-desirable instincts, and directs his cast with an unadorned maturity that would win praises from a young François Truffaut and his co-conspirators. The film is really damn pretty, and a crucial French classic. Bring your dates to this one, but forgive them for staring.

Dir. Jacques Becker, 1952, 35mm, 96 min.

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LA COLLECTIONNEUSE: Duelle

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7/5/2015 - 6:30PM

Co-presented by the French Film and TV Office.

“Gueule de bois” (literally “wooden mouth”) or hungover after the 4th of July? Dress up in your classiest French outfit and join us for our pre-reception on the patio at 6:30pm, for cocktails, music, photo booth and mingling…

One of the most criminally overlooked corners of cinema is Jacque Rivette’s half-completed quartet of films, “The Daughters Of Fire.” Conceived in 1976, they were inspired as much by the mystical writings of Gerard de Nerval, the arcane origins of Mardi Gras, and certain Hollywood postwar genre films as by magic and ritual and a quest to invent an entirely new form of mise en scène. La Collectioneuse presents this extremely rare screening of the first and greatest of these, Duelle. Experience the bewitching Goddess of the Sun (radiant Bulle Ogier) and the Goddess of the Moon (luminous Juliet Berto) as they descend to Earth in search of a magical red diamond that will allow them to extend their stay in the mortal realm. With a glorious orchestration of color, costume, and sinuous, sinister camera moves, Duelle is infused with the occult noir spirit of Mark Robson’s The Seventh Victim and the poetic romanticism of Cocteau’s Knights Of The Round Table (the sole male cast-member is one of his dancers), and exists as one of those rare portals, a movie mirror through which the viewer may glide trembling to an endlessly seductive twilight world of invented myth.

Dir. Jacques Rivette, 1976, 121 min.

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LA COLLECTIONNEUSE: Shorts by Caro & Jeunet + THE CITY OF LOST CHILDREN

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5/29/2015 - 9:30PM

Co-presented by The French Film & TV Office

This elaborately twisted, 20,000 leagues-under-Paris-style macabre fairy tale was the most expensive movie to come out of France in 1995. It’s wondrously seedy set design won Jean Rabasse a César award and nominations abound for the film’s painterly visuals, with lavish costuming by haute designer Jean-Paul Gaultier and mind-boggling CGI animation. The glittery dystopian story unfolds as a Russian strongman and a ten year old thief seek a map to guide them through a watery minefield and into the sea-bound laboratory of a genetically modified madman who’s been kidnapping the city’s children to steal their dreams. They adventure through a carnival city of nightmares, dogged by electric eyed cultist agents and a cohort of amnesiac clones. It’s pure eye candy, with memorable performances by Ron Perlman and a rogue’s gallery of underworld freaks.

Dir. Marc Caro & Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 1995, 35mm, 112 min.

LA COLLECTIONNEUSE: Shorts by Caro & Jeunet + THE CITY OF LOST CHILDREN

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4/30/2015 - 7:02PM

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Dir. Marc Caro & Jeanne-Pierre Jeunet, 1995, 35mm, 112 min.

LA COLLECTIONNEUSE: A French Black and White Night (feat. Cocteau's "Blood of a Poet")

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4/24/2015 - 7:30PM

Co-presented by the French Film and TV Office. With delectable delicacies from Crepes Bonaparte!

“Poets…shed not only the red blood of their hearts but the white blood of their souls” — Jean Cocteau

La collectionneuse — the woman who collects — opens her private cabinet de curiosités to share beautiful pearls of the French cinema each month. Here you’ll find selections from the gallery of incontournable masterpieces, as well as sparkling rarities that you may have never heard of, unless you are just back from France! As well, vraiment super DJs will charm your ears, making you swing and sway to Gallic tunes as you enjoy drinks and treats on our decorated back patio. Once there, you’ll also have some beautiful souvenirs, thanks to our themed photobooth and the delightful encounters you’ll make at our guinguette. For the first installment of the series, it’s all about noir et blanc, aka Black and White. Alongside a compilation of quixotic shorts, tonight’s 35mm selection is Blood of a Poet, Jean Cocteau’s legendary collection of seriously cool abstract setpieces from the early 1930s. Don’t forget the dress code; put on black and white, of any kind!

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “A French Black And White Night”!

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