February 24, 2011
French Book Club at the Alliance
from 6:00 pm to 7:20 pm
Come join Nadine in our Library for our new monthly Book club. "Le Ravissement de Lol V. Stein" by Marguerite Duras will be discussed.
Intermediate level of French required. Books are available for purchase at the Alliance.
Free Entrance for members ($5 suggested donation). Non-members : 10$.
RSVP mandatory by Wednesday, Feb 23 at noon : Please call (310) 652-0306 or email : email@example.com
Alliance Française de Los Angeles
10390 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 120 - Los Angeles, CA 90025
www.afdela.org / (310) 652-0306
SPECIAL EVENTS : CINEFAMILY, Vive L’Amour / Thursdays in February
Series co-presented by The Film And TV Office of The French Embassy In Los Angeles and Cinespia.
@ 8:00pm /
Series : Vive L’Amour
The Mother And The Whore
One of the greatest films of the French New Wave was actually made years after the movement’s “golden years” —
in 1973 by Jean Eustache, a figure on the fringes of the Cahiers group. One of only two narrative features Eustache left behind before his suicide in 1981, The Mother And The Whore is a stone cold masterpiece, and the epitome of a certain kind of French cinema : an epic four hours of young Parisians sitting in cafes or in bed, smoking, listening to records, talking about sex and relationships, all filmed in B&W (of course).
Nouvelle vague icon Jean-Pierre Léaud plays opposite doe-eyed and lost Françoise Lebrun and gorgeous, knowing Bernadette Lafont in an emotionally scarring, unmoored post-May ‘68 love triangle, flanked by a panoply of Eusatche’s deep cinematic references ; all three are brilliantly committed to their roles, and Eustache directs with supremely assured discretion.
The literate, naturalistic dialogue was rigorously scripted from real-life conversations, and the ménage à trois drawn from Eustache’s own relationships with Lebrun and his girlfriend — who tragically committed suicide upon on seeing a rough cut.
Totally absorbing, totally affecting and totally unmissable. A major film experience.
Dir./Writer : Jean Eustache, 1973, 35mm, 217 min.
Tickets - $10
The Cinefamily / 611 N Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, 90036 / 323-655-2510