Thursday, January 31, 2008

New Season Starts Tuesday February 5th

Wow! Look how 'on the ball' we are this semester (that won't last long) nonetheless here is the first announcement for the new season of screenings.

FILM NOIR

That's the theme for this season. 12 films chosen by the team, to illustrate some of the lessser known aspects of this genre.

We start with ALPHAVILLE Une ├ętrange aventure de Lemmy Caution. JEAN LUC GODARD 1965 B&W

Eddie Constantine plays secret agent Lemmy Caution, a role created from the novels of British crime fiction author Peter Cheyney that had established Constantine/Caution as a French Noir icon during the 50's and early 60's. The film opens with Caution's arrival in Alphaville, the Capital city of a distant planet, he has apparently travelled through time and space in his white Ford Galaxy motor car. Of course Alphaville is Paris, 1965 as seen through Godard's dystopian lens, all monochrome harsh modernism, a long way from the Paris seen by the auteurs of the nouvelle vague.
As a genre piece, Alphaville is a blurred mix of science fiction and film noir with an obvious nouvelle vague aesthetic.
If you haven't seen this film yet be sure not to miss this opportunity.




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