THE FRENCH HAD A NAME FOR IT ’21 Return of the Suppressed!

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THE FRENCH HAD A NAME FOR IT ’21

Return of the Suppressed!

Don Malcolm concludes his three-part series that revisits both new and old destinations on “the lost continent” of classic French film noir. On Sunday afternoon, December 12 we celebrate the Xmas season, actor/director Robert Hossein’s birthday, and the year-round resilience of the “noir spirit” with two more of Hossein’s matchless noirs—no two alike.

Robert Hossein died on December 31, 2020—the day after his 93rd birthday: a victim of COVID. Most of his obituaries ignored his astonishing contributions to film noir from 1955-1970—which is (in the words of Don Malcolm) “a crime against nature.”

SUNDAY • 1:30 PM

The Wicked Go to Hell - The French Had a Name for It '21

THE WICKED GO TO HELL / LES SALAUDS VONT EN ENFER

Here is the “answer” to the “heist film” boomlet of mid-50s France, where two escaped convicts (Henri Vidal, Serge Reggiani) get much more than they bargained for in the form of a shapely, sphinx-like young woman (Marina Vlady) they “capture” during their time on the run. A clever, delirious jumping-off point for the films comprising the “last wave” of classic French film noir. (1956, Robert Hossein)

SUNDAY • 3:30 PM

Paris Pickup - Noir Noel

PARIS PICK-UP / LE MONTE-CHARGE

LE MONTE-CHARGE is the best Xmas noir ever made, with a twist guaranteed to leave you slack-jawed in wonder. Robert Hossein and Lea Massari are pitch-perfect in this tale of murder and misdirection, all coming to pass on a very noir-like Xmas Eve. Even if you’re as handsome as Hossein, it shouldn’t be this easy to pick up a beautiful woman—and, as you’ll see, it’s a hard-earned lesson! (1962, Marcel Bluwal)

→ Learn more about current and past films we’ve screened at the MidCentury Productions website.

The Wicked Go to Hell - Paris Pick-Up

 

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