An Afternoon with Claude Lelouch

The School of Cinematic Arts, CTCS-201, Les Films 13, Unifrance, COL•COA : City of Lights/City of Angels and the Film and TV Office of the French Embassy in Los Angeles invite you and a guest to a very special event :

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An Afternoon with Claude Lelouch

A conversation with highly venerated French film auteur Claude Lelouch, including a screening of From One Film to Another, a new documentary anthology about his half-century career in cinema.

Moderated by Tomas Kemper as part of CTCS-201 : History of International Cinema Post-WWII

3:00 P.M. on Monday, April 18th, 2011

Norris Cinema Theatre/Frank Sinatra Hall


Tom Kemper is a Visiting Lecturer in USC’s School of Cinematic Arts and the author of Hidden Talent : The Emergence of Hollywood Agents (University of California Press, 2010).

Claude Lelouch’s new film, WHAT LOVE MAY BRING, will screen during COL•COA 2011 at the Directors Guild of America on Friday April, 15th at 8.30 P.M.

About Claude Lelouch

Claude Lelouch was born in Paris in 1937. It is often said that he was born with a film camera in his hands. He was billing himself as a "cinereporter" when he made his first short documentary films in the mid-1950s. He leaved to carry out reports in many countries, going to filming illegally in the USSR (When the Curtain Rises, in 1957). In 1960, he formed Les Films 13 productions, where he produced over two hundred "scopiotones" — short musical films designed for jukebox use, much like the "Soundies" produced in the U.S. in the 1940s and 1950s. He produced, directed, wrote and acted in his first feature, The Right of Man, in 1960.

Glory arrives later with A Man and a Woman, starring Anouk Aimée and Jean Louis Trintignant as recently widowed people who find each other and love, only to have it all slip away when the woman cannot fully bury her deceased husband. The film obtained the Palme d’or at the Festival de Cannes in 1966 and the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and Best Original Screenplay.

In 1971 he won the David di Donatello for Best Foreign Directing for Le Voyou. His subsequent films include La bonne année (1973) and Un autre homme, une autre chance (1977).

Lelouch reunited Aimée and Trintignant in 1986 in A Man and a Woman : 20 Years Later, in which the star-crossed lovers, she now a producer, he now a director, meet again. In 1995, Warner Bros. distributed Lelouch’s Les Misérables, which moved the setting of the Victor Hugo classic to World War II, and starred Belmondo. While it failed to spark at the box office, it received favourable critical notice and earned a Golden Globe Award as Best Foreign Film.

From 2004 to 2007, he wrote, directed and produced an unfinished trilogy untitled Le genre humain. In 2007 he directed Roman de gare, starring Fanny Ardant and Dominique Pinon : the story of four very different characters whom destiny will cross. In his latest film, What Love May Bring (2010), starring Anouk Aimée, takes place during the German occupation in Paris : a woman falls in love too quickly and suffers the consequences of her affair.

About From One Film to Another (D’un film à l’autre)

From One Film to Another (D’un film à l’autre) is an anthology documentary produced by Les Films 13 that celebrates the work of highly venerated french auteur Claude Lelouch over the course of his half century long career in cinema, from The Right of Man to Ces Amours La.

The documentary is a sequence of film clips, interviews and making of, including behind-the-scenes of Lelouch’s Academy Award-winning film, A Man and a Woman. The film also serves as a confessional for the filmmaker to discuss his work and his life with complete objectivity. Lelouch speaks about his colloborators, his resounding successes and failures, and the close ties between his private and professional life.

Lelouch looks back on his life and career with candor and reverence towards all of the actors, writers, composers, producers and crew who have accompanied him throughout this half century of filmmaking.


City of Lights, City of Angels (COL•COA) was created in 1996 by The Franco-American Cultural Fund, a unique collaborative effort of the Directors Guild of America, the Motion Picture Association, the Writers Guild of America West, and France’s Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers of Music (SACEM). COL•COA is also supported by l’Association des Auteurs-Realisateurs-Producteurs (ARP), the Film and TV Office of the French Embassy in Los Angeles and UNIFRANCE.

COL•COA is committed to promoting new French films in Hollywood and to showcasing the vitality and the diversity of French cinema : comedies and dramas, box office hits in France and novelties, first features and films from confirmed writer-directors, art house movies as well as mainstream films. In 14 years, 202 new feature films and 140 new shorts have been selected.

All films are screened at : The Directors Guild Theater Complex, 7920 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA

To learn more about the 2011 festival, click here.

Check-In & Reservations

This screening is free of charge and open to the general public. Please bring a photo ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 2:50 P.M.


The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $8.00 at USC Entrance Gate #5, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & McClintock Avenue. We recommend parking in outdoor Lot M or V, or Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. Please note that Parking Structure D cannot accommodate tall vehicles such as SUVs. Metered street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

Dernière modification : 08/04/2011

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