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MBC Interactive Archive Retrospective: Highlights of World Cinema French Comedy & the Avant-Garde A NOUS LA LIBERTE and ENTR'ACTE by René Clair

  • 18 Jul 2018
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Miami Beach Cinematheque at Historic City Hall, 1130 Washington Ave, South Beach
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WED, JULY 18, 7p:

MBC Interactive Archive Retrospective:

Highlights of World Cinema

1930s

FRENCH COMEDY & THE AVANT-GARDE

Two from René Clair

With support of Cultural Services of the French Embassy

À NOUS LA LIBERTÉ

(Freedom For Us)

Directed by RENÉ CLAIR/France/1931/83mins.

With Raymond Cordy, Henri Marchand, Rolla France




One of the all-time comedy classics, René Clair's À nous la liberté tells the story of Louis, an escaped convict who becomes a wealthy industrialist. Unfortunately, his past returns (in the form of old jail pal Emile) to upset his carefully laid plans. Featuring lighthearted wit, tremendous visual innovation, and masterful manipulation of sound, À nous la liberté is both a potent indictment of mechanized modern society and an uproarious comic delight. (In French with English subtitles).

“Clair’s films—particularly his early French work—have a distinct charm to them that stands alone. Today, he comes off as a fabulously empathic, inventive, stylish, unique cinematic sensibility, as generous as Renoir (perhaps to the degree of naiveté) and as lyrical as Vigo (although more modernist), but the master of all things particularly Clairian. He has rarely been mentioned as a giant figure in the last 40 years, but I wouldn’t trade his utterly entrancing masterpiece À Nous la Liberté for any five Chaplins, Pagnols, or Lubitschs.”-Michael Atkinson, Village Voice

And

ENTR’ACTE

(Intermission)


Stereoview card, Entr'acte, 1925. #MBCarchive  

The classic Surrealist short film by Clair and artist Francis Picibia,

with music by Erik Satie.

1924/France/22mins.

With Francis Picibia, Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray and Erik Satie

With a look at the French Avant-Garde page of the

MBC Interactive Archive Project


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