Wednesday, October 12 – Renoir Theatre – 12:55 pm
(Screening ends at 2:45 pm)


Presented in Association with:
Les Films du Losange
Janus Films


Special Screening Homage to Jean-Louis Trintignant | France | 1969 | Drama | 111 min | In French with English subtitles

Directed by: Éric Rohmer
Written by: Éric Rohmer
Produced by: Georges Cottrell & Barbet Schroeder (Les Films du Losange)
Cinematography: Nestor Almendros
Film Editing: Cécile Decugis
Cast: Jean-Louis Trintignant (Jean-Louis), Françoise Fabian (Maud), Marie-Christine Barrault (Françoise), Antoine Vitez (Vidal)
International Sales: Les Films du Losange
U.S. Distributor: Janus Films

The great Jean-Louis Trintignant leads a brilliant cast and gives life to one of the great conflicted characters of the French New Wave in Eric Rohmer‘s masterpiece My Night at Maud’s, the centerpiece and third chapter of the director’s Six Moral Tales and the film that launched his career, both critically and commercially, in France and abroad.  Basking in the premise of Blaise Pascal’s philosophical “Wager” on the existence of God, timid engineer Jean-Louis is torn between Françoise, the angelic blonde he’s glimpsed at Mass and secretly vowed to marry, and Maud, the seductive brunette atheist who invites him to spend a snowy winter’s night in her apartment.  Sublimely told with Rohmer’s inimitable eye for detail, ironic humor and compassionate heart, the film premiered to great acclaim at the 1969 Cannes Film Festival, won the French Cinema Critics’ Prix Méliès as Best Film of the Year, and was nominated for two Academy Awards (for Best Foreign Film and Best Original Screenplay).  A genuine French classic, if ever there was one!

Actor Jean-Louis Trintignant made his theatrical début in 1951 and went on to appear in some 146 films.  After erupting on the big screen in 1956, opposite Brigitte Bardot, in Roger Vadim’s And God Created Woman, his career was put on hold for several years during his mandatory military service in Algiers.  His return was marked by a star turn, opposite Anouk Aimée, in Claude Lelouch’s mega-hit love story A Man and a Woman.  Trintignant won the Silver Bear for Best Actor at the 1968 Berlin Film Festival for Alain Robbe-Grillet’s The Man Who Lies, and the Best Actor Award at the 1969 Cannes Film festival for Costa-Gavras’s Z.  In addition to Eric Rohmer, Trintignant worked with some of the greatest directors of his generation, starring in Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Conformist (1970); François Truffaut’s Confidentially Yours (1983); Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Three Colors: Red (1994); Patrice Chéreau’s Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train (COLCOA, 1999); and at the age of 82, won numerous awards, including a César for Best Actor, for his breathtaking performance in Michael Haneke’s Amour (2013).  Jean-Louis Trintignant passed away, at the age of 91, in June of this year.

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