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Calendar, Night&Day Gallic Noir

Gallic Noir

Say what you will about the French, but they were the first to seriously appreciate the sordid artistry of pulp fiction greats Cornell Woolrich and David Goodis. The young and restless moviemakers of the Nouvelle Vague, more attracted to post-war…
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Film, Rep Showtimes

Arthouse movie listings for January 26-February 1, 2011

To submit a listing, e-mail Artists' Television Access. Broken Windows, Open Doors: Documentary about a 2008 worker occupation of a shuttered factory. Thu., Jan. 27, 8 p.m. $6. "Trafficking in Moldova": A lecture and fundraiser for filmmaker Ninel "Neli"…
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Film, Rep Showtimes

Arthouse movie listings for January 19-25, 2010

To submit a listing, e-mail Artists' Television Access. Open Screening: Short work by local filmmakers screened; opportunity for feedback. Thu., Jan. 20, 7:30 p.m. $6. 992 Valencia (at 21st St.), 824-3890, California College of the Arts Timken Hall.…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>The 400 Blows</i>

The 400 Blows

Francois Truffaut puts troubled youth onscreen in this popular French New Wave film. Drawn from his own upbringing, he explores all the familiar hazards: cold parents, crime, asshole teachers, and binding friendships. Contains the brilliant line from a boy accused…
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Culture, Bookcap

The Schreiber Theory: A Radical Rewrite of American Film History

By David Kipen Melville Manifestos (Feb.), ($12) It's a tad perverse that film critics routinely front-load their reviews with the director's name, because most American moviegoers can barely cite two. (They would be Scorsese and Spielberg.) But that's the lingering…
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Music, House of Tudor House of Tudor

House of Tudor

François Truffaut asserted that film should be a medium of personal expression, like paint or pen, and that the character and passion of the "auteur" should leave fingerprints upon every frame. I don't think Truffaut went quite far enough. The…
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News, Sidebar The Festival of Highlights

The Festival of Highlights

One of the nice things about film festivals is the sense of community they sponsor -- the realization that there is a truly international community of cinema, where a shared past can be discovered and today's venerable filmmakers are…
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Film, Reel World

Reel World

La Regle de JeuThis has been a year of nonstop ecstasy for Francophile cinemaphiles, as the PFA, Castro, and S.F. Film Society mounted one transcendent retrospective after another: Robert Bresson, Francois Truffaut, Jacques Becker, Max Ophuls. (Fans of new French…
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Zoom Lens

Truffaut Retrospective In the freeze frame that ends The 400 Blows, Antoine Doinel, a rebellious, unwanted kid, has just escaped from a reformatory and run to the edge of the sea. That final image captures the face of a child…
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Second Time Around

Four French Thrillers Many casual viewers think of the heavy cuisine of art or the fluffy pastry of farce when they think of French cinema. But the fact is that the land that coined the term "film noir" has a…
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