The French Had a Name for it ’22

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The French Had a Name for It '22

THE FRENCH HAD A NAME FOR IT ’22

It all began in 2014 when Midcentury Productions screened twelve films that exposed a hidden underworld of film noir in France that had been swept under the rug for more than 50 years. Some thought it was a flash in the pan… Eight years later, in its ninth incarnation, THE FRENCH HAD A NAME FOR IT — the film noir festival like no other on earth (even in France!) — is well into its second hundred films as it continues to explore what defiant revisionist Don Malcolm calls “the lost continent of French noir” that flourished from 1932-1966.

“Brilliantly curated… Malcolm’s festivals have become an annual education for everybody, including film critics.”  • Mick La Salle. SF Chronicle Datebook Pick

This year: 15 films over four days split across two weekends including four “festival favorites” to acquaint newcomers and please long-time attendees: Sunday, Nov 6, Monday, Nov 7, Saturday, Nov 12, and Sunday, Nov 13.

MON, NOV 7

A Tribute to Mylene Demongeot

Criminally unknown despite a long, semi-interrupted career in France, Mylene Demongeot (still alive and well!) gave several electrifying performances in French noir as her career began—two of which we screened in the early days of THE FRENCH HAD A NAME FOR IT. We salute her by re-screening two of her varied turns (one bad girl, and one that’s possibly good…) that deserve your complete attention!

A Kiss for a Killer

6:30 PM

A KISS FOR A KILLER / UNE MANCHE ET LA BELLE

Demongeot is Eve Dollan, a seemingly demure secretrary to a wealthy middle-aged heiress (Isa Miranda) who takes Philippe, a handsome but feckless young stud (Henri Vidal) as her husband. Before you can ask how many times the postman will ring, Eve and Philippe are plotting to turn him into a wealthy widower. But what Philippe doesn’t know is that the sexy Eve has several twists in store for him once the deed is done!
(1957, Henri Verneuil)

That Night...

8:30 PM

THAT NIGHT… / CETTE NUIT LÀ

Demongeot is high-fashion model Sylvie, whose husband Jean (Maurice Ronet from ELEVATOR TO THE GALLOWS) is high up in a media conglomerate run by the venal, perverse André Revardy (the reliable Jean Servais from RIFIFI. Revardy decides he wants Sylvie, and Revardy always gets what he wants, so he works to destroy the couple’s marriage. This leads Jean to thoughts of murder…but when he acts upon his impulse, there’s a twist that takes the tale even deeper into noir territory! CETTE NUIT LÀ was an especial favorite of Stanley Kubrick, and it knocked out audiences at our 2015 festival. Don’t miss it! (1958, Maurice Cazeneuve)

EVENING 5:00/8:30 DOUBLE FEATURE PRICE: $16

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