French Film Weekend
Immerse yourself in French period films set during the 15th – 20th centuries, which highlight our special exhibition, Medieval to Monet: French Paintings in the Wadsworth Atheneum. Sandwiches will be available for purchase on Saturday and Sunday. All films are free with the exception of Friday night’s Bated Breath performance and screening of Children of Paradise.
Sunday, November 4
2 pm: Perfume: Story Of A Murderer
In 18th century Paris, a perfume maker blessed with an extraordinary sense of smell tries to develop the “perfect” perfume. Directed by Tom Tykwer. Starring Ben Whishaw, Dustin Hoffman, Alan Rickman. 2006. France/USA. 147 min. Rated R.
4:30 pm: Farewell, My Queen (Adieux à la Reine)
A look at the relationship between Marie Antoinette and one of her readers during the final days of the French Revolution. Directed by Benoît Jacquot. 2012. France. 100 min. Rated R. Subtitles.
Thursday, November 1
8 pm: The Well Digger’s Daughter (La Fille du Puisatier)
In pre-World War II France, a father is torn between his sense of honor and his deep love for his saintly daughter when she gets involved with the wealthy son of a shopkeeper. Directed by Daniel Auteil. 2011. 107 min. France. Not Rated. Subtitles.
Friday, November 2
7 pm: Canvas On Fire by Bated Breath Theatre (20 minute performance, followed by Children of Paradise), $5
Enjoy a live interactive performance inspired by Toulouse Lautrec and the Medieval to Monet exhibition. Bated Breath will pull you into the seductive world of the Moulin Rouge and Montmartre as depicted in many of Lautrec’s works.
7:30 pm: Children Of Paradise (Les Enfants du Paradis)
Set in the backstage world of theater in 1820’s Paris, the film tells the tragic story of Garance and the four very different men who love her. Considered by many to be the greatest French film ever made. Directed by Marcel Carné. 1945. 160 min. France. Not Rated. Subtitles.
Saturday, November 3
2 pm: The Passion Of Joan Of Arc (La Passion de Jeanne D’Arc)
A chronicle of the trial of Jeanne d’Arc (1412 – 1431) on charges of heresy and the efforts of her ecclesiastical jurists to force Jeanne to recant her claims of holy visions. Directed by Carl Theodor Dryer. 1928. France. 110 min. Not Rated. Silent. B&W.
4 pm: The Princess Of Montpensier (La Princesse de Montpensier)
This 16th-century romance is set during the war between the Catholics and Huguenots and is adapted from Madame de la Fayette’s classic novel. The film concerns a nubile, wealthy heiress who loves a rugged hothead from the wrong clan, but is forced by her father to marry another prince. Directed by Bertrand Tavernier. 2010. France. 139 min. Not Rated. Subtitles.
6:30 pm: Cyrano De Bergerac
This comedic drama tells the tale of the 17th century romantic poet and soldier Cyrano, who romances Roxanne by proxy believing she will never love him because of his protruding nose. Directed by Jean-Paul Rappeneau. Starring Gérard Depardieu. 1990. France. 137 min. Rated PG. Subtitles.