Max et les Ferrailleurs + Port of Shadows
(Claude Sautet, 1971) / (Marcel Carné, 1938)
Join us on a cinematic world tour with stops in France, Italy, Sweden, Germany, the UK, Japan, and Mexico. Our tour guides are some of the most revered directors in film history, including the likes of Jean Renoir, Jean-Luc Godard, Roberto Rossellini, Ingmar Bergman, Fritz Lang, Sally Potter, Akira Kurosawa, and Luis Buñuel. See all the titles on our big screen, many in new or recent restorations. By the way, the July and August features in our ongoing Film History 101 series are also part of A Summer Abroad ’13.
These French classics are less familiar (even to film fans) than many in this series but every bit as remarkable and vital.
“Dark, mysterious, and shrouded in sensuous fog.”—Guardian (UK) on Port of Shadows
An elegant and sophisticated French crime thriller, Max et les Ferrailleurs centers around a Parisian detective (played by the great Michel Piccoli) who is tired of seeing clever criminals slip through his fingers. As he lures a gang into robbing a bank so that he can catch them red-handed, he unexpectedly falls in love with the gang leader’s girlfriend (Romy Schneider). This 35mm restoration offers the thriller-with-the-heart-of-a-melodrama a belated debut in US theaters. (107 mins., 35mm, in French with English subtitles)
From the golden age of French cinema, Port of Shadows is an early collaboration between director Marcel Carné and writer Jacques Prévert, the team who made the incomparable Children of Paradise (which screened at the Wex in June). Set in port city of Le Havre (seemingly always shrouded in fog), the film stars French icon Jean Gabin (his third appearance in A Summer Abroad ’13) as an army deserter looking for another chance to make good on life. Fate interferes and acts of both revenge and kindness make him front page news as he travels through an underworld of lonely souls wrestling with their own destinies. Also starring Michèle Morgan and Michel Simon. (90 mins., DCP, in French with English subtitles)
$8 general public
$3 children (under 12)
Rohauer Collection Foundation
GENERAL OPERATING SUPPORT
FOR THE WEXNER CENTER
Greater Columbus Arts Council
The Columbus Foundation
Ohio Arts Council