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Mon oncle d'Amérique

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Mon Oncle d'Amérique

Mon oncle d'Amérique

Alain Resnais, 1980

Je t'aime, je t'aime

Alain Resnais, 1968

Classics by Alain Resnais

“You sense that all of the resources of cinema are available to Resnais at any given moment.”—Stuart Klawans,<i>The Nation</i><br><br>Alain Resnais (b. 1922) entered the pantheon of great postwar filmmakers with his still-astonishing first two features,<i>Hiroshima mon amour</i>(1959) and<i>Last Year at Marienbad</i>(1961). Like his friends and occasional collaborators Chris Marker and Agnès Varda, Resnais never was a clean fit within the better-known group of French New Wave filmmakers and was drawn instead to cinema’s capacity to embody philosophical and psychological situations. This survey of his early work includes his rarely seen shorts from the 1950s, many in new 35mm prints on loan from France. (Unfortunately, a print of<i>Hiroshima mon amour</i>was not available for this tour.)

Classics

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.

Wed, Jan 20, 2010 7 PM

Up for a bit of time travel? Mon oncle d’Amérique fetched Resnais a Cannes Grand Jury Prize—and stars an unbelievably fresh-faced Gérard Depardieu—while sci-fi classic Je t’aime je t’aime takes on La Jetée and Solaris for best time-travel film of all time.

Oscar nominee and Cannes Grand Jury Prize–winner Mon oncle d’Amérique interweaves fact and fiction, art and science, and biography and melodrama. Resnais playfully draws those threads together with a tale of three people expecting a sudden, life-changing inheritance from their “American uncle.” With Gérard Depardieu and Nicole Garcia. (125 mins., 35mm)

A foray into science fiction, Je t’aime je t’aime focuses on the first man chosen to test time travel—an experiment that lands the subject in a maze of fractured memories. As critic Raymond Durgnat notes, “With Marker’s La Jetée and Tarkovsky’s Solaris, it constitutes a holy trinity of meditation on the horrors of eternal life.” With Claude Rich, Olga Georges-Picot, and cameo appearances by Resnais collaborators Alain Robbe-Grillet and Jorge Semprun. (91 mins., 35mm)

Je t’aime je t’aime begins at 9:15 PM.

Presented with support from the French Ministry of External Affairs and French Cultural Services, New York.

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