Pierrot le Fou

Pierrot le Fou

Film Retrospective 2018-19: Nouvelle Vague, Revisited

Saturday, October 20 at 1:30 p.m.
$7 Members / $10 Non-Members / Includes a glass of French wine
54 W. Chicago Avenue

Walk-ins welcome!

Pierrot le Fou by Jean Luc Godard (1965, 110 min.)

With Randy Williams- In French with English subtitles.

One of Godard’s most sincere and visually vibrant films, Pierrot le Fou brings together Nouvelle Vague frontman and -woman, Jean-Paul Belmondo and Anna Karina. Belmondo plays Ferdinand, a TV writer and family man who has grown discontented with his superficial bourgeois existence. He decides to escape with Marianne, a former mistress and, as Ferdinand discovers, a recent criminal. The two embark on a part-road trip, part-crime spree that takes them from Paris all the way to the Mediterranean.

A wild-eyed, everything-in-the-pot cross-processing of artistic, cinematic, political and personal concerns, where the story stutters, splinters and infuriates its way to an explosive finale. – Time Out
Please note : Wine service at 6:00 p.m., program starts at 6:30 p.m.

Randy Williams holds down a “day job” as a trust and estate lawyer. But the rest of the time he’s free to follow a passion for French language and culture begun as a university undergraduate. A library volunteer almost 23 years ago, he was asked to start a Cine-Club for the Alliance. After protesting that he knew nothing about French film, he was assured that he’d learn. And he has, having conducted film showings ever since. In the meantime, he was elected to the Board of Directors, and was President of the Alliance for three years. He now serves on the Advisory Board, and has been decorated twice by the French government – once in the Order of Arts and Letters, and again in the Order of National Merit.


Film Retrospective 2018-2019

Nouvelle Vague, Revisited

Vintage cars and jazz music; love stories in black and white; reckless youth, smoke and style, so much style … Our new film series is all about the French New Wave with the films you know and love shown on Saturday afternoons, and weeknight screenings dedicated to the New Wave’s influence around the world and across generations—in the presence of our guest speakers.

Are you ready to be swept away? Here comes La Nouvelle Vague again!

Series curated by Aimée Laberge, and co-curated by Bailey Holtz and Randy William