Noir Noël – French Xmas Noir

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December 13 only

“Maybe it’s good that Christmas comes but once a year…”

Who Killed Santa Claus - Paris Pickup

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2017

Noir Noël – French Xmas Noir

Midcentury Productions presents a one-night stand of Yuletide mystery and menace, done as only the French can do it.

Join Midcentury Productions’ Don Malcolm for a very special evening of murder, mystery and mischance, coming just in time to put you in the proper mood for the holiday season. While you’re there, pick up some copies of the FRENCH HAD A NAME FOR IT 2018 wall calendar, the perfect Xmas gift for the cinephiles on your shopping list.

7:15 PM

WHO KILLED SANTA CLAUS / L’ASSASSINAT DU PÈRE NÖEL

Harry Baur stars as the titular character in Who Killed Santa Claus aka L’assassinat du père Nöel (1941). This was the first film produced by Continental Films, the Nazi-run company set up during the German occupation. Despite this, director Christian-Jaque and screenwriter Charles Spaak manage to insert a subterranean plea for resistance within a gothic tale of small-town isolation and greed. The allegory was so obvious that the Nazis missed it: who on earth would want to kill Santa Claus? (The story proved tragically prophetic: shortly after this film was released, Baur would be arrested and tortured by the Nazis, and was the first French actor to lose his life as a result of the war.)

9:00 PM

PARIS PICKUP / LE MONTE-CHARGE

Paris Pick-up - Le monte-charge

Robert Hossein stars in LE MONTE-CHARGE (1962) as a just-released criminal whose talent is finding trouble—even on Christmas Eve! He finds himself involved with a beautiful woman (Lea Massari) who invites him into her home for a little “Christmas cheer,” only to discover that there’s a just a bit more going on than he’d bargained for. When you see how things work out in this clever, surreal thriller, you’ll never take Christmas Eve for granted ever again!

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