The Other Side of "The Lost Continent" 2023

She Returned at Dawn + Beating Heart

  • She Returned at Dawn
  • She Returned at Dawn
  • She Returned at Dawn
  • Beating Heart
  • Beating Heart


She Returned at Dawn / Retour à l’aube

6:45 PM Danielle Darrieux and Henri Decoin made seven films together before divorcing—we have two of them for you on a special “Monday night bonus” screening. Here the ravishing young Darrieux is a neglected wife whose husband works the Hungarian rail line. Longing for the big city life, she seizes on an opportunity to go to Budapest, where she will discover that her dreams of being Cinderella have an unexpected dark side. (1938, Henri Decoin, 94 min)

Beating Heart / Battement de coeur

8:30 PM German emigré screenwriter Max Kolpé, a colleague of Billy Wilder, teams with Henri Decoin for a sly twist on the Cinderella theme as Danielle Darrieux plays a runaway girl who falls in with a gaggle of pickpockets and becomes an “asset” as they wreak havoc on Parisian nightlife. But a possible Prince Charming (Claude Dauphin) suddenly enters the picture: will she or won’t she find a way to escape to a new life? (1940, Henri Decoin, 97 min)

Thanks to the slow-but-sure rediscovery of “cinema de papa” films in France from the 1930s and 1940s, THE OTHER SIDE OF “THE LOST CONTINENT” 2023 gathers an astonishing range of titles previously forgotten in their homeland and virtually unseen in America. Those who’ve journeyed with us through the hidden landscapes of French noir in Midcentury ProductionsThe French Had a Name for It programs will be similarly enchanted by the 18 films we have in store for you beginning April 1st.

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3h 11m
In French with English subtitles