Paris on the Pacific.
Hollywood films by French directors.
March 7 – CLO 110 @ 6:30pm
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
2004 – USA – Directed by Michael Gondry
Eternal Sunshine is a very funny and unsentimental film, a romantic comedy with absurdist undertones. The serious philosophical and psychological ambitions are kept up its sleeve rather than worn on it. In this, it resembles the now classic Groundhog Day. Carrey and Winslet play well together; both are naturally aggressive performers with actively expressive eyes
-Phillip French, The Observer
Wednesday, March 20 – CLO 110 @ 6:30pm
Alien – The Resurrection
1997- USA – Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet
[...] Jean-Pierre Jeunet, the Frenchman famous in art film circles for two highly stylized movies, “Delicatessen” and the “City of Lost Children.”This one looks a lot like those two and that pretty much sums up “Alien Resurrection.” It’s an art film with bugs that explode out of people’s chests. And it’s funny.
-Stephen Hunter Washington Post.
Thursday, March 28 – CLO 110 @ 6:30pm
Quest for Fire
1981 – Canada/France – directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud
This French-Canadian production was an impressive attempt at making a caveman movie the way it really was. [...] This scrupulous effort at authenticity does leave Jean-Jacques Annaud with the difficult job of trying to tell an entire story without words or using any of the usual cheats and shortcuts that these prehistoric films do – like subtitling the grunts, adding narration or having the actors speak in English [...] However, Annaud succeeds to a surprising degree – Quest for Fire becomes a film where one is caught up in the opulence of the mime and the natural visual tapestry. There are some often delightful touches like where Jean-Jacques Annaud manages to deliver entire little stories, even jokes on the naiveté of his questors, visually without the use of words. -Richard Scheib, 0-5 stars Moria
Wednesday, April 3 – CLO 110 @ 6:30pm
The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc
1999 – France – Directed by Luc Besson
It doesn’t take long to see what Luc Besson was up to when he made “The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc.” Besson, the French director of “The Fifth Element,” wanted to make Joan of Arc a hip chick, a riot grrrl, a blaze of fabulousness across the millennial divide.[...] Jovovich (“The Fifth Element”) gives her all to Joan, the illiterate French peasant who heard voices and led France in battle against the English.[...] She growls, she rides a horse, she dives into battle. She rocks. – Edward Guthmann, The San Francisco Chronicle