Serie Maitres continues in February and March in Amsterdam, Haarlem and Delft.
Here’s the line-up!
BELLE DE JOUR
Luis Bunuel 1967
With Catherine Deneuve, Jean Sorel and Michel Piccoli.
Young housewife Severine (Catherine Deneuve) feels trapped in a loving but sexless marriage with her wealthy husband Pierre (Jean Sorel).
Feeling increasingly frustrated and troubled by sexual fantasies in which she is violently raped and abused, Severine attempts to satisfy her pulsions by secretly working in a brothel while her husband is at work.
A complex study of eroticism and its power to subvert social norms starring the gorgeous Catherine Deneuve in one of her most ravishing and sensual roles.
Lush and subversive, Belle de Jour is Luis Bunuel’s most highly acclaimed film and one of the best erotic dramas to date.
Winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 1967.
“Possibly the best-known erotic film of modern times, and perhaps the best.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
CET OBSCUR OBJET DU DESIR (That Obscure Object of Desire)
Luis Bunuel 1977
With Fernando Rey, Carole Bouquet and Angela Molina.
Shortly after boarding a train, a middle-aged man (Fernando Rey) pours a bucket of water over a young woman standing on the platform. To justify this act to the other passengers, the man explains how the woman has been using his infatuation for her to systematically frustrate him. Recounted in flashbacks, the man narrates his obsessive erotic chase..
Luis Bunuel’s final film is a subversive romantic comedy, a surreal cat-and-mouse game of seduction, desire and frustration.
An absurd, sarcastic analysis of the nature of human desire and of the complex dynamics between man and woman.
“Divine.” – Entertainment Weekly
“A gem-like, almost hypnotic, tale of an older man’s obsession with a young woman.” – Variety
“With an effortlessness matched by no other director today, Buñuel creates a vision of a world as logical as a theorem, as mysterious as a dream, and as funny as a vaudeville gag.” – The New York Times
L’ANNEE DERNIERE A MARIENBAD (Last Year at Marienbad)
Alain Resnais 1961
With Delphine Seyrig, Giorgio Albertazzi and Sacha Pitoëff.
At a social gathering taking place in a château in Marienbad, a nameless man (Giorgio Albertazzi) approaches a woman (Delphine Seyrig) and tries to convince her that they have met and got romantically involved in the same château the year before. Could the enigmatic man and the equally mysterious woman have met, fallen in love and then forgot about each other? Or is it all just a fabrication of their mind?
One of the most original and enigmatic French films, Alain Resnais’ Last Year at Marienbad is a cinematic riddle darting between present and past, truth and imagination. A romantic, open-ended mystery, and a radical exploration of the formal possibilities of film.
“Be prepared for an experience such as you’ve never had from watching a film when you sit down to look at Alain Resnais’ Last Year at Marienbad, a truly extraordinary film.” – New York Times
“Profoundly mysterious and disturbing, a para-surrealist masterpiece whose nightmarish scenario appears to have been absorbed from Buñuel and Antonioni and transmitted onward to Greenaway.” – Guardian UK
“Remains one of cinema’s glorious enigmas, endlessly compelling and intriguing.” – Los Angeles Times
Alain Resnais 1974
With Jean-Paul Belmondo, Charles Boyer and François Périer
France in the early 1930s. While a police investigator (Claude Rich) is accumulating evidence to jail him, a Russian swindler (Jean-Paul Belmondo) plans the con of a life-time. Strong of his connections with the French financial and political elite, Stavisky is designing an ambitious money laundering operation, unaware that the consequences of his actions could cause a devastating political chain-reaction.
A stylish period piece loosely based on a true story about financier and swindler Stavisky. Starring a charming Jean-Paul Belmondo, Resnais’ film builds an intricate political plot, while following the personal struggle of the con-man to keep one step ahead of the police and on top of his own world of lies.
“An elegant, sparkling period piece.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times
“Technically brilliant, visually stunning, and ceaselessly interesting.” – TV Guide’s Movie Guide
“A stylishly glowing film, shimmering with both romantic images and haunting visions.” – Ozus’ World Movie Reviews
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 in 35mm, with English subtitles.
Presented in collaboration with Maison Descartes Institut Francais.