Saturday, March 30, 2013
|6:00 p.m.||A Man and a Woman|
Claude Lelouch (France, 1966)
New Restored 35mm Print!
A celebrated film returns in a newly restored print. Winner of both the Palme d'Or at the Cannes film festival and the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, A Man and a Woman was a rarity: a foreign film that was seen by millions outside its home country. Audiences luxuriated in the film's chic romanticism (Francis Lai's lush score became an international bestseller), seductively voguish veneer (courtesy of Lelouch's domestication of once cutting-edge nouvelle vague techniques), and its combination of two of French cinema's most attractive stars. Jean-Louis Trintignant plays a racing car driver, the supernal Anouk Aimée a young "script girl," both of whose marriages have ended in tragic loss. When they meet while visiting their children at a boarding school in Deauville, they fall in love and run away together. ‘Effusively romantic, visually stunning . . . for many viewers . . . as magical a love story as any brought to the screen’ (James Monaco).
• Written by Lelouch, Pierre Uytterhoeven. Photographed by Lelouch. With Anouk Aimée, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Pierre Barouh, Valerie Lagrange. (102 mins, In French with English subtitles, Color, 35mm, From Academy Film Archive, permission Les Films 13)