‘30s PASSION! TRIPLE FEATURE MATINÉE
The Night Beauty / La belle de nuit
12:00 PM The recently rediscovered Louis Valray is our entry into a world of romantic transgression as a jilted lover (Aimé Clariond) prepares a strange dish of revenge involving a lookalike for the woman who threw him over (Russian emigré Vera Korène in a double role) only to experience unintended consequences. (1934, Louis Valray, 87 min)
Thirteen Days of Love / Escale
1:45 PM Valray dispenses with the ties to Paris life he used as a pretext for the action in La belle de nuit and takes us directly to the humid, doleful south of France where the waterfront is the catalyst for the romantic misadventures of Eva (Colette Darfeuil) as she wallows in the decadent allure of La Belle Escale—Marseille’s version of the Hotel California… (1935, Louis Valray, 83 min)
3:30 PM Parallels to pre-Code America (Red Dust) and early noir (The Letter) don’t go far enough to capture the overheated strangeness conjured by Russian-born director Ozep, who was clearly influenced by the 1927 silent Soviet version directed by Kote Marjanishvili. Romanian emigré Jean Yonnel is Dr. Holk, whose tour of duty in the Indonesian jungle seeking a cure for an outbreak of madness (“amok”) among the natives takes a fateful turn when he meets Hélène Haviland (Marcelle Chantal), leading to a case of l’amour fou that just won’t quit. (1934, Fedor Ozep, 92 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 Productions‘ The 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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