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The Devil, Probably


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The Devil, Probably
New 35mm Print Robert Bresson, 1977

Film History 101

As our film heritage becomes more and more digitized, it is harder and harder for audiences to see important films in the manner in which they were originally meant to be presented: in a theater, on film, with an audience. Film History 101 is our modest attempt to keep this tradition alive. Once a month, we'll present a selection that transcends "classic" status to that of "essential"—films that are widely recognized as among the greatest the art of moving pictures has to offer.


Many classic films are just as powerful today as when they were first released. We add such films from many genres to our schedule throughout the season. Many are shown on the occasion of their rereleases, in fresh, new or restored prints.

Tue, June 5, 2012 7 PM

“Even though Bresson has painted a dark picture of wasted youth and beauty, one comes out of the film with a sense of exultation. When a civilization can produce a work of art as perfectly achieved as this, it’s hard to believe that there is no hope for it.”—Richard Roud

The most controversial film of the peerless Robert Bresson’s career, The Devil, Probably follows the last six months of a disenchanted Parisian twenty-something’s life as he rejects the corrupt and materialistic modern world. For the first time in his career (at the age of 76!), Bresson worked from his own solo screenplay, and the result is what Blank Generation musician Richard Hell called “by far the most punk movie ever made.” Sensualistic detail and criticism of a world beyond salvation make this one of Bresson’s most austere, challenging, insightful, and relevant films. (90 mins., 35mm)

Jane B. par Agnès V.

See iconic actress Jane Birkin through the eyes of filmmaker Agnès Varda in a special double feature on Saturday, October 10. 

The Decline of Western Civilization

Don't miss your chance to see filmmaker Penelope Spheeris introduce her iconic The Decline of Western Civilization on Friday, October 23—get your tickets now.