The Other Side of the Lost Continent: THE CURTAIN RISES

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First show: April 04

The Curtain Rises - Entrée des artistes

THE CURTAIN RISES / ENTRÉE DES ARTISTES

THE OTHER SIDE OF THE LOST CONTINENT

Reclaiming the Glories of France’s “Cinéma de Papa”

LOUIS JOUVET RAISES THE CURTAIN ON A NEW SERIES FEATURING COMEDIES & LOVE STORIES FROM 1930s-1950s FRENCH FILM

Midcentury Productions’ Don Malcolm and comrade Phoebe Green plant the seeds for another incredible journey into classic French film as they present special evenings at the Little Roxie beginning April 4 with a series featuring rare comedies and love stories from the unjustly maligned 1930s-50s era. “The so-called ‘cinéma de papa’ was much more ‘hip’ than its current reputation,” Don notes. Fans of THE FRENCH HAD A NAME FOR IT and adventurous Bay Area cinephiles are encouraged to attend as the series starts with a series of “soft openings” in 2019.

Thursday, April 4 at 6:30pm &
Saturday, April 6 at 4:30pm

THE CURTAIN RISES / ENTRÉE DES ARTISTES

The one and only Louis Jouvet is the focal point in THE CURTAIN RISES / ENTRÉE DES ARTISTES (1938, 99 mins), a fascinating slice of backstage romance and intrigue that will keep your eyes glued to the screen. Let’s set the scene:

“Isabelle (Janine Darcey), Cécilia (Odette Joyeux) and François (Claude Dauphin) are drama students at the Conservatoire d’Art Dramatique under the tutelage of Professeur Lambertin (Louis Jouvet). In the midst of their arduous studies, Cécilia falls in love with François—but he’s in love with Isabelle instead. In her sorrow, Cécilia concocts a desperate plan to get back at François.”

The Curtain Rises - Entrée des artistes

Screenwriter Henri Jeanson, soon to become a legend in French cinema, shadowed Jouvet and his Conservatoire class, developing a story that combined the tension of theatrical performance with escalating backstage intrigue. Putting it all together was director Marc Allegret, longtime companion of André Gide and a formidable presence in his own right, as instrumental in shaping young film stars as Jouvet was in grooming stage actors. Add future director André Cayatte blending in a mystery story angle to the film’s denouement (featuring the always welcome Marcel Dalio) and you’ve got a fascinating introduction to the lost glories of the “cinéma du papa.”

THE OTHER SIDE series will open your eyes to the full range of French film in a period that remains mostly unseen by American audiences. ACT NOW—SEATS ARE LIMITED!

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