05.27.2003

Joan of Arc film series @ French Institute

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Date/Time: 27/05/2003 12:00 am


The French Institute Alliance Francaise
Presents the Summer 2003 Ciné-Club
Joan of Arc
Film Series and Special Events
May 27- June 24, 2003
Florence Gould Hall 55 East 59th Street, New York City
As part of its weekly Ciné-Club, the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) is pleased to present seven films on the legendary life of Joan of Arc and her legacy, including newly restored, archival and rare prints. In addition, FIAF has recently scheduled two special events:
Mrs. Otto Preminger and Foster Hirsh, author of an upcoming biography on Otto Preminger to be published by Knopf, will introduce Saint Joan on June 24th at the 6:30 pm screening.
Audience favorite Donald Sosin will provide live piano accompaniment for Joan The Woman by Cecil B. Demille on June 3rd at the 6:30pm screening.
The Ciné-Club Joan of Arc series is as follows:
May 27
La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc (The Passion of Joan of Arc) at 12:30 & 6:30pm
Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1928. One of cinema’s great masterpieces, adapted from trial transcripts. As Joan, Marie Falconetti’s face, shot in relentless close-up, dominates the frame. Says Dreyer, “I found in her face exactly what I wanted for Joan: a country girl, very sincere, but also a woman of suffering.” David Thompson suggests, “It may be that Griffith first regularly employed the close-up for illustrative emphasis, but who can argue that La Passion is not built upon its variety and profundity.” With Antonin Artaud. Silent. 1h 59 min.
Vivre Sa Vie (My Life to Live) at 3:30 & 9pm
Jean-Luc Godard, 1962. “When Anna Karina goes to the cinema and is moved to tears by the sight of Falconetti, Godard was bowing his respects to Dreyer, referring to Karina’s Danishness (her mother worked for Dreyer), and comparing Karina to Falconetti – both beautiful women made grave by contemplation of themselves through acting. He was also asserting a vital cinematic continuity through the potency of the close-up that evokes the inner life” — David Thompson. 1h 25 min. In French with English subtitles.
June 3
Joan of Arc at 12:30, 3:30 & 9pm
Victor Fleming, 1948. Restored Print. Shot in Technicolor and advertised as “The Greatest Of All Spectacles,” this is Ingrid Bergman first portrayal of Joan. (She would do a second six years later for husband Roberto Rossellini). Drastically cut by forty-five minutes after release, the film will screen here in a newly restored print at original length, without clumsily added narration. 2h 25 min. In English.
Joan the Woman at 6: 30pm
**SPECIAL EVENT: Live piano accompaniment by Donald Sosin**
Cecil B. DeMille, 1917. Archival Print. This silent epic begins in the trenches of World War I, then hurtles back through time as Joan’s battlefield triumphs serve as an inspiration for a WWI British soldier. Starring famed opera singer Geraldine Farrar, “The pantomime fascinated me particularly; we used our faces, our eyes, and projected ourselves. DeMille said he’d like to take some white mice, paint them brown, and have them run over me. Well, he was so nice about it I couldn’t refuse. Of all my films, I like Joan the best.” 2h 18 min.
June 10
Jeanne la Pucelle: I, Les batailles at 12:30, 4 & 7:30pm
(Joan the Maid: Part 1, The Battles)
Jacques Rivette, 1994.
See synopsis below. 2 h 40 min. In French with English subtitles.
June 17
Jeanne la Pucelle: II, Les prisons at 12:30, 4 & 7:30pm
(Joan the Maid: Part 2, The Prisons)
Jacques Rivette. 1994. An epic two-part tale starring Sandrine Bonnaire (Vagabond, La Ceremonie, A Nos Amours). “A companion piece and a response to Dreyer’s version that covers all the territory La Passion excluded. In sharp contrast to Dreyer’s intense, disorienting close-ups, Rivette’s camera keeps an objective distance, stripping away Joan’s bronzed, iconic nobility and showing her for who she really was. Distinguished by the star’s flesh-and-blood humanity…brilliantly conceived and meticulously crafted.” — Scott Tobias, The Onion.
2h 52 min. In French with English subtitles.
June 24
The Making of a Movie: Saint Joan at 12:30, 3:30, 9pm
Tom Ryan. 1957. “This look at the production of Saint Joan begins its story with producer-director Preminger’s long standing interest in Shaw’s play and desire to film it…we are shown every facet of production, including Greene’s script, Perinal’s photography, art design, set construction, costuming, make-up…also shown is the frightening accident at the stake where Seberg was momentarily engulfed in flames.” — Museum of Modern Art. 21 min. In English.
*Please note: The Making of a Movie will not be screened at 6:30 show.
Saint Joan at 12:30, 3:30, 6:30* & 9pm
**SPECIAL EVENT: Mrs. Otto Preminger and Foster Hirsch to introduce 6:30pm show**
Otto Preminger, 1957. Adapted by Graham Greene from George Bernard Shaw’s play, this film was a long held dream of Preminger’s. Seventeen year-old Jean Seberg was cast with much studio fanfare after a nationwide talent search, and the critical reception of her performance was unfairly brutal. The director and star teamed the following year for Bonjour Tristesse, which lead directly to Seberg’s iconic role in Godard’s Breathless. With Richard Widmark and John Gielgud. 1h 50 min. In English.
Films are screened every Tuesday at 12:30, 3:30, 6:30 and 9pm (unless otherwise noted). Tickets are $8 general admission, free for members of FIAF, and can only be purchased at the box office. The box office opens 30 minutes before the first screening and closes 15 minutes after the last show begins. Group prices (10 or more people) are available for $5/person.
Box Office
Florence Gould Hall · French Institute Alliance Française · 55 East 59th Street · (212) 355 6160
Hours: Tues-Fri 11am-7pm; Sat & Sun 11am-3pm
The public may obtain further information at (212) 355-6160 or visit www.fiaf.org.
Subway: N, R, W at 5th Ave/59th St., 4, 5, 6 at Lexington/59th St., and F at Lexington/63rd St.
This series is programmed by Jake Perlin and Marie Losier.
FIAF would like to thank the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, George Eastman House, MoMA, UCLA Film and Television Archive, New Yorker Films and Otto Preminger Films, Inc.
The French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), New York’s French Cultural Center, has served New Yorkers for over a century by promoting and enhancing the knowledge of French culture and fostering interaction between French and American people through programs in the arts and education.

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