SERIE LES MAITRES DU CINEMA: BOUDU SAVED FROM DROWNING

With Cracking the Frame starting again yesterday at Rialto with the screening of Dominic Allan’s powerful documentary CALVET, it’s now finally time to launch a new film series at Uitkijk.

After the amazing success of Serie Noire, I’m now programming a new series dedicated to French classics, or better, to French masterpieces.

Serie les Maîtres du Cinema will bring to Amsterdam some of the best films by the masters of French cinema.

The line-up includes films by Marcel Carné, Jacques Becker, Luis Bunuel, Robert Bresson, Jacques Rivette, Alain Resnais, Alain Robbe-Grillet and many more.

We start with the unforgettable BOUDU SAVED FROM DROWNING by his highness Jean Renoir.

As always, all films will be screened on 35mm and with English subtitles.

 

25 September 2012, 19.00h

Boudu sauvé des eaux (Boudu Saved From Drowning)
Jean Renoir | 1932 | 89 min
With Michel Simon, Marcelle Hainia and Sévérine Lerczinska.

Bourgeois book-seller Mr Lestingois saves Boudu, a homeless drunkard, from a suicidal jump into the river Seine.
After the rescue, Mr Lestingois decides to help the vagrant.
He welcomes Boudu into his home, planning to ‘tame’ and reform him into a well-mannered middle-class individual, but his kindness soon clashes with Boudu’s free spirit and wildly antisocial behaviour.

Directed five years before his most celebrated historical drama ‘La Grande Illusion’, Boudu sauvé des eaux arguably started Jean Renoir’s greatest period and established him as one of the leading European directors of the 30’s.
Starring the legendary French character actor Michel Simon as the free spirited Boudu, Renoir’s film plays as a sardonic mix between farce and social comment and remains one of most original class struggle comedies to date.

Jean Renoir’s effortless 1932 masterpiece is as informal, beguiling, and subversive as its eponymous hero. – The Chicago Reader

It’s hard to imagine cinema without Boudu Saved From Drowning. Released in 1932, it’s equal parts farce, social satire and existential drama – and one of Jean Renoir’s most enduring works, at once delightful and troubling. – The Telegraph

One of Jean Renoir’s most enjoyable films. Its wit, freshness and spontaneity continue to impress. – BBC

Serie les Maîtres du Cinema

A celebration of French cinema through the masterpieces of its most renowned directors.
Every second and fourth Tuesday of the month at Uitkijk Cinema.
All films are screened from 35mm copies, with English subtitles.

Presented in collaboration with Maison Descartes Institut Francais.

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