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Monday, August 22

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France, 1989
Directed by Alain Resnais
Starring Adolph Green, Linda Lavin, Gérard Depardieu, Micheline Presle
Music by John Kander
Screenplay by Jules Feiffer
DCP.  Approx. 100 minutes. In English and French with English subtitles.

“Resnais’s second English-language film… A burlesque yet melancholy film about an American cartoonist. In developing the project, Resnais approached American cartoonist Jules Feiffer, who provided the script. The film was received with a standing ovation at the Venice Film Festival in 1989 and Feiffer received the award for best script. But the film was not widely distributed and, in Feiffer’s words, remained, ‘unseen and unseeable’, in the United States… On the one hand it is a nostalgic film about Americans in Paris (as his star cartoonist, Joey Wellman, Resnais cast Adolph Green, screenwriter of SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN). On the other, it seeks, more rawly, to investigate family material.” – Emma Wilson

Film Forum