LES AMANTS DU PONT NEUF
Thursday, August 21
(1991) On an under-construction Pont Neuf, Paris’ oldest bridge, hard-drinking street performer Denis Lavant and a post-relationship, losing-her-sight artist Juliette Binoche live as vagrants, but form a bond. Memorably over-the-top production – a full-size bridge stand-in had to built when the real one because unavailable – with Binoche’s water-ski down the Seine as fireworks explode a memorable highlight. AKA Lovers on the Bridge. Approx. 125 min. 35mm.
“Could be the great urban expressionist fantasy of the 90s, like Sunrise and Lonesome in the 20s and Playtime and Alphaville in the 60s.”
– Jonathan Rosenbaum
“An outrageously contrived paean to freedom, a crazy mixture of scabby naturalism and rock-video mescaline stage on a movie set worthy of Stroheim.”
– J. Hoberman