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La Petite Lise (1930) & Daïnah la Métisse (1932)
October 25, 2015 @ 7:00 PM - 9:20 PM$10
UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S. present “Jean Grémillon: Le Ciel set à Vous.”
La Petite Lise (1930)
Directed by Jean Grémillon
Director Jean Grémillon’s first talking picture sees a working-class man return home from prison, only to find that his young daughter has fallen into prostitution as a matter of survival, whereupon he seeks to rescue her from degradation and danger. Striking experiments with lighting, mise-en- scène and the new sound technology enhance Grémillon’s poetic realism with a well-modulated documentary immediacy.
Production: Pathé-Natan. Distribution: Pathé Consortium Cinéma. Producers: Bernard Natan, Emile Natan. Director: Jean Grémillon. Screenwriter: Charles Spaak. Cinematographer: Jean Bachelet. Composer: Roland Manuel. With: Nadia Sibirskaïa, Pierre Alcover, Julien Berteau, Raymond Cordy, Alex Bernard.
35mm, b/w, in French with English subtitles, 84 min.
Daïnah la Métisse (1932)
A beautiful multiracial woman travels on an ocean liner with her well-to-do, magician husband, while flirting with several white men. When she disappears from the ship, both the husband and a ship’s engineer are implicated in the mystery. A shocking (in its time) flouting of colonial politics, the film was drastically cut by its distributor. Disavowed afterward by director Jean Grémillon, it dazzles nonetheless.
Production: Gaumont-Franco-Film-Aubert. Distribution: Gaumont-Franco-Film-Aubert. Director: Jean Grémillon. Based on the novel by Pierre Daye. Screenwriter: Charles Spaak. Cinematographer: Louis Page, Georges Périnal. Production Design: Jacques Lafitte. With: Habib Benglia, Charles Vanel, Laurence Clavius, Gaston Dubosc.
35mm, b/w, in French with English subtitles, 51 min.
FREE Admission for all UCLA students with valid I.D.!
More Info: UCLA Film & Television Archive Website