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Remorques (1941) & L’étrange Monsieur Victor (1938)

November 6, 2015 @ 7:30 PM - 10:40 PM


UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S. present “Jean Grémillon: Le Ciel set à Vous.”

Remorques (1941)
Directed by Jean Grémillon

Brimming with emotional force, director Jean Grémillon’s masterly feature counterposes duty with runaway fantasy in its story of a tugboat captain torn between a sick, homebound wife and a mysterious, beautiful woman. The picture’s metaphorical use of crashing waves and surging musical flourishes invest it with a timelessness that nevertheless spoke to the very timely passions of the beginnings of the Vichy era.

Production: SEDIF. Distribution: Films Sonores Tobis. Director: Jean Grémillon. Based on the novel by Roger Vercel. Screenwriter: André Cayatte, Jacques Prévert. Cinematographer: A. Thirard. Editor: Yvonne Martin. Composer: Roland-Manuel. With: Jean Gabin, Madeleine Renaud, Michèle Morgan, Charles Blavette, Jean Marchat.

35mm, b/w, in French with English subtitles, 91 min.

Followed by:
L’étrange Monsieur Victor (1938)
Directed by Jean Grémillon

A quiet sense of irony and moral relativity suffuses this unusual and rarely-screened feature about a respectable shopkeeper in Toulon who lives a double-life as a gangland leader. Not above seeing his own neighbor prosecuted for his crimes, Victor unwittingly stumbles his way toward a final comeuppance, navigating a morally ambiguous universe that seems largely the film’s point.

Production: L’Alliance Cinématographique Européene, Universum Film. Distribution: L’Alliance Cinématographique Européene. Director: Jean Grémillon. Screenwriter: Marcel Achard, Charles Spaak, Albert Valentin. Cinematographer: Werner Krien. Composer: Roland Manuel. With: Raimu, Pierre Blanchar, Madeleine Renaud, Viviane Romance, Marcelle Géniat.

35mm, b/w, in French with English subtitles, 91 min.

FREE Admission for all UCLA students with valid I.D.!

More Info: UCLA Film & Television Archive Website


November 6, 2015
7:30 PM - 10:40 PM


Billy Wilder Theater
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024 United States
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