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4K RESTORATION

 

Jean VIGO

Screening List:

Àpropos de Nice

Taris, roi de l'eau 

Zéro de conduite

L'Atalante

Young Devilsin School – Zéro de Conduite, Rushes, Sound and Image 

WinterShooting - L’Atalante,Rushes and Outtakes 

 

 

Àpropos de Nice

 

Release year: 1930

ÀPROPOS DE NICE is a documentary of “urban symphony” featuring the coastal city Nice in the south of France. At its annual carnival, wealthy and leisurely people come to the resort for vacation, enjoying the beach and sunshine, while the impoverished people in the old town are living a tough life.

 

Taris, roi de l'eau 

 

Release year: 1931

This is a swimming teaching film centering on the French swimmer Taris. In the documentary, Jean VIGO experimented with underwater cinematography, which also provided him with experience in shooting underwater footages in L'ATALANTE.

 

Zéro de conduite

 

Release year: 1933

Starring: Jean DASTÉ/ Robert le FLON

The students at a boarding school in France return to the repressive campus after the holidays. The life here is dull and repeated. The students are often rebuked and physically punished by the teachers. A slight rebellion may result in Zero for Conduct. To the lively children, the depressing atmosphere is unbearable.

On the school day, important guests are invited to visit the well-organized school. When they gather at the playground, the furious students throw books, shoes, cans off the roof and hang a flag painted with a skull on the top of the teaching building. They recklessly revel everywhere in the school, leaving the guests in shock and anger, but could do nothing. The students eventually take over the harsh boarding school.

 

L'Atalante

 

Release year: 1934

Starring: Michel SIMON/ Dita PARLO/ Jean DASTÉ

The story begins with a wedding. The captain of the canal barge L'Atalante, marries Juliette in her village. After marriage, Juliette is soon tired of the monotonous and boring life on the boat, longing for the big city of Paris. The captain drives the barge to Paris to please Juliette. However, due to the twists and turns during the journey, the plan doesn’t work out. The relationship between the two becomes tenser.

Later, Juliette leaves for Paris alone. The captain is so angry that he drives the barge away. After the separation, the captain misses Juliette very much and couldn’t get her out of his mind. Will Juliette, who is wandering in Paris, choose to stay in this bustling city or return to L'Atalante and the husband who loves her so much?

 

Young Devilsin School – Zéro de Conduite, Rushes, Sound and Image 

 

The archive film YOUNG DEVILS IN SCHOOL was re-cut from the footages and some abandoned clips of ZÉRO DE CONDUITE, including the original material found by the production company Gaumont at the French Film Center, and the behind-the-scene video of Jean VIGO.

In 1933, ZÉRO DE CONDUITE was released in France, but was banned before long. Until 1945 when it was reshown, some part of the movie was deleted. Recently, another version of ZÉRO DE CONDUITE, which has longer running time and is not added with subtitles, was rediscovered in the Milan Film Archive. Compared to the 1945 version, the later copy retains more details and is considered the original film completed in 1933.

 

WinterShooting - L’Atalante,Rushes and Outtakes 

 

The archive film WINTER SHOOTING, with running time of over one hour, contains the discarded footages of L'ATALANTE and some newly discovered materials of the original film produced by Jean VIGO. After the director finished the editing, he left Paris for recuperation. His friend Maurice JAUBERT helped produce the original music. The copy of L'ATALANTE lately discovered in London was widely recognized as coming from Jaubert.

Previously, the director of the French Film Archive, Henri LANGLOIS has made a repaired version of L'ATALANTE, which is added with some of the original clips found in the 1940s. Compared with that, WINTER SHOOTING shows the creation process of Jean VIGO in a clearer and more holistic manner. Narrated by Bernard EISENSCHITZ, a famous film historian, curator and researcher who also participated in the restoration of the original film, the archive movie traces the creation and ideas of the director, leading the audience back to the scene of “winter shooting” and meet with Jean VIGO.

 
 
 

Alfred HITCHCOCK and Henri-Georges CLOUZOT

Screening List:

REBECCA 

VERTIGO 

THE WAGES OF FEAR

LES DIABOLIQUES

 

REBECCA 

 

Release year: 1940

Directed by: Alfred HITCHCOCK

Starring: Laurence OLIVIER/ Joan FONTAINE/ George SANDERS/ Judith ANDERSON/ Nigel BRUCE

 

A young woman meets de Winter, the owner of the country house Manderley on a cliff by the sea. Then the two fall in love and get married. The young woman thus moves to Manderley and becomes the hostess here. Gradually, she discovers that the presence of Derwent's ex-wife Rebecca is pervasive in the house. The housekeeper Mrs. Danvers is also obsessed with Rebecca and hates the new hostess.

However, her husband is unwilling to make explanation, as if he has something hidden in his mind. Rebecca is like a nightmare wandering all over the house, and things are getting more and more complicated...

The film won the Best Picture and Best Cinematography at the 13th Academy Awards.

 

VERTIGO 

 

Release year: 1958

Directed by: Alfred HITCHCOCK

Starring: James STEWART/ Kim NOVAK/ Barbara Bel GEDDES/ Tom HELMORE

 

A detective Scottie falls from rooftop in a chase and suffer from acrophobia. He has to retire to bacome as a private detective. An acquaintance from college, Gavin, asks Scottie to follow his wife, Madeleine, who is suspected of having psychophobia.

Gavin believes his wife is cursed by her deceased great grandmother. Scottie thinks Gavin is very naive, but still takes this task. He sees Madeleine staring at her great grandmother's portrait for hours and going to the cemetery. He also saves her from trying to jump into the river to commit suicide. Is Madeleine really cursed? What kind of conspiracy is hiding behind?

 

THE WAGES OF FEAR

 

Release year: 1953

Directed by: Henri-Georges CLOUZOT

Starring: Yves MONTAND/ Charles VANEL/ Peter Van EYCK/ Folco LULLI/ Véra CLOUZOT

 

An oil well 500 kilometers from the town ignites a raging fire. In order to extinguish the fire, the unscrupulous oil company owner is hiring tramps in the town to drive two trucks carrying nitroglycerine to the fire scene. In the end, the playboy Mario, the ill Luigi, the unemployed pub owner Bimba, and the desperate businessman Jo set foot on the journey for the reward...

The movie is the winner of the Golden Bear at the 3rd Berlin Film Festival and the Palme d'Or at the 6th Cannes Film Festival.

 

LES DIABOLIQUES 

 

Release year: 1955

Directed by: Henri-Georges CLOUZOT

Starring: Simone SIGNORET/ Véra CLOUZOT/ Paul MEURISSE

 

In a boarding school, the female teacher Christina and her husband, the principal Delassalle have a disharmonious relation. Delassalle is very macho, and rude to his wife. After long consideration, Christina decides to get rid of her husband. Under the persuasion of another teacher and her girlfriend, Nicole, they are determined to execute a murder plan...

 

Film List

THE GRADUATE

 

THE GRADUATE

 

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Release year: 1967

Directed by: Mike NICHOLS

Starring: Anne BANCROFT/ Dustin HOFFMAN / Katharine ROSS / William DANIELS / Murray HAMILTON

 

 

The film is a vivid and sharp analysis on the growth of the post-war baby boomers in the United States in the 1960s.

The protagonist Benjamin has just graduated from college and is trying to evade from thinking about his future. Then he meets Mrs. Robinson, a dissolute woman. After her repeated seduction, Benjamin organizes a tryst with her. While they are dating, Benjamin encounters Robinson’s daughter Elaine and is deeply attracted by her innocence. Benjamin confesses his love and starts a relationship with Elaine, which is strongly opposed by Mrs. Robinson.

The furious Mrs. Robinson repeatedly frustrates their relationship and threatens to expose Benjamin’s misdeeds. Benjamin does not want to hide it from his lover, so he tells Elaine the truth by himself. Elaine is distraught and agrees to marry her another pursuer. Benjamin rushes to the church and stops the ceremony. The pair are finally together.

With THE GRADUATE, Dustin HOFFMAN, who had been rarely known before, was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role of the Academy Awards in 1968 and won the 25th Golden Globe Award of Most Promising Newcomer and the 22nd BAFTA Film Award of Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles.

 

 

Yasujiro Ozu, Kenji Mizoguchi

Screening List:

FLAVOR OF GREEN TEA OVER RICE (4K)

TOKYO TWILIGHT (4K)

SANSHO THE BAILIFF (4K)

 

THE CRUCIFIED LOVERS (4K)

 

FLAVOR OF GREEN TEA OVER RICE (4K)

 

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Directed by: Yasujiro Ozu

Written by: Kogo Noda / Yasujiro Ozu

 

Starring: Shin Saburi / Michiyo Kogure / Koji Tsuruta / Chishu Ryu

 

Plot:

Taeko, a woman with a genteel upbringing, married country-bred Mokichi according to her father’s will. Mokichi works as an executive at an engineering company. For Taeko, he is dull and careerobsessed. She has lived with him for many years without ever feeling any great affection or love for him, and her boredom has grown in direct proportion with the affluence of her surroundings. Feeling lonely and burdened by the monotony of her married life, she runs around with a coterie of wealthy wives. Meanwhile, although Mokichi doesn’t show it, he secretly feels the same way as Taeko. Their subtle emotional discord reaches an explosive climax when the issue of marriage arises for Taeko’s niece Setsuko. Mokichi supports the girl in her rejection of an arranged marriage. This incident draws the couple further apart, until the husband is called by his company to go on a business trip and because of a mishap, he is unable to tell his wife that. Knowing himself to be far away, he understands the deep nature of her love in spite of social conventions.

 

TOKYO TWILIGHT (4K)

 

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Directed by: Yasujiro Ozu

Written by: Kogo Noda / Yasujiro Ozu

 

Starring: Setsuko Hara / Ineko Arima / Chishu Ryu

 

Plot:

Two sisters, Takako and Akiko, were abandoned by their mother at a young age, and raised up by their father alone. Now that they are grown, each seems to have carried their troubled early life into new cycles. After a fight with her alcoholic and abusive husband, Takako returns home to live with her father. Her younger sister Akiko, who yearns for a different life, is also a part of the household. Akiko has an affair with a drifter who spends time gambling. When she gets pregnant, he cuts her off. When Akiko goes searching for him at a mahjong parlour, she meets a woman who knows things about her childhood that only a mother could. The two sisters soon learn that their long-lost mother is living nearby, having abandoned their father for another man. And this unexpected discovery has dramatic repercussions on both their lives.

 

SANSHO THE BAILIFF (4K)

 

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Directed by: Kenji Mizoguchi

Written by: Fuji Yahiro / Yoshikata Yoda

 

Starring: Kinuyo Tanaka / Yoshiaki Hanayagi / Kyoko Kagawa / Eitaro Shindo

 

Plot:

By the end of Heian period the judge of Mutsu tries to keep the lives of the people under his dominion and is relegated to Chikushi. His wife Tamaki goes to Chikushi with her children, the son Zushio and the daughter Anju, accompanied by their nanny Ubatake. Along the way in Echigo they are trapped to board the boat for human trade. Ubatake fights back and dies. Tamaki is trafficked to be hooker and the children are sold to be the salves of Sansho dayu. Zushio and Anju endure heavy labor and 10 years past. Zushio forgets his father’s teaching and becomes a violent man who follows dayu's order mindlessly. Meanwhile, Anju grows up as a gentle woman. Zushio and Anju and their colleague Kayano are forced to dump the disabled servant Namiji to the mountain. Zushio becomes conscious of best minds and he escapes carrying Namiji. Anju drowns herself in the pond. With the help of Sansho dayu's son Taro, Zushio meets the chief adviser to the Emperor and finally comes to have a reunion with her blind mother.

 

THE CRUCIFIED LOVERS (4K)

 

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Directed by: Kenji Mizoguchi

Written by: Yoshikata Yoda

 

Starring: Kazuo Hasegawa / Kyoko Kagawa / Eitaro Shindo / Yoko Minamida

 

 

An artisan Ishun works as a designer of handscroll at court and although he is commoner, he is granted special privileges as same as samurai. Ishun boasts his social position and wealth and acts arrogantly and his second wife Osan lives an empty life. Her brother Michiyoshi can’t pay the interest of debt and implores her for help. Ishun is strict about money and refuses his request and she has no choice but to consult the drivel Mohei. He tries to borrow money from the client using Ishun’s seal behind Ishun’s back but the action has been found. Meanwhile, Otama, who sets her affection to Mohei, comes to his defense and confesses the guilty instead of him. Because Ishun is always making a move on Otama, his anger doubles and Mohei is confined in the vacant building. Finally Osan and Mohei escape successfully. At the lakeside of Biwa, Mohei confesses his affection to Osan and they are joined together. After this they deepen their love while fleeing.

 

 

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND (4K) 

 

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Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Written by: Steven Spielberg

 

Starring: Richard Dreyfuss / François Truffaut / Teri Garr / Melinda Dillon

 

Plot: 

In the night skies near his Muncie, Indiana home, power repairman Roy Neary has an extraordinary encounter with a strange spacecraft while out on a call. Recurring visions of a mountain cause an increasing obsession that drives him to an emotional breaking point. Desperate to prove to his family that the UFOs he sees are not a hallucination and eager to understand what he has experienced, he finds an ally named Jillian, a single mother who believes her son Barry has been abducted by the aliens. Meanwhile an international group of scientists led by French expert Claude Lacombe is searching for a breakthrough in human-alien communication. Their collective quest culminates in a remote Wyoming rendezvous of an event of unequalled importance in all of human history.

 

 

SOUL OF A PAINTER (4K)

 

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Directed by: HUANG Shuqin

Written by: HUANG Shuqin / Anchee Min / LIU Heng / LI Zhiyu

Starring: GONG Li / DA Shichang / Tung-Shing Yee

 

Plot:

In the early Republic of China, a village girl Yuliang loses her parents and is sold to a brothel. She by coincidence meets PAN Zanhua, who is a member of Tongmenghui (Chinese United League) and just becomes the governor of the customs. He finds out that she likes painting, so he introduces his painter friend HONG Ye to her. She then studies painting and is admitted to Shanghai Arts Institute. Feudalism in China is strong at the moment and the headmaster of the school is suspended because they use models in class which draws criticism. Yuliang then studies abroad in Paris and becomes a world-renowned painter. In the 1930s, she returns to China after 7 years and is hired by Nanjing University as an art professor. However, she is still discriminated by other people. She decides to hold an art exhibition and also exhibits her own nude portrait despite opposition from her friends, including Zanhua. Yuliang realizes that China is not ready for arts, so she leaves for Paris again in the 1940s

 

 

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