The French New Wave : Les Cahiers du Cinema

The French New Wave : Les Cahiers du Cinema

With Bailey Holtz and Randy Williams


Tuesday, October 2 at 6:30 p.m.
$25 Members / $30 Non-Members/ Includes a glass of French wine
810 N. Dearborn St

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When a group of provocative French film critics writing for les Cahiers du Cinema started to make films, La Nouvelle Vague was born. Join us for a special workshop in which we explore this pivotal moment in cinema history in greater depth. Using film clips, interviews, and source documents, we will try to understand why this major renaissance occurred, who was involved, and what its enduring influence on world cinema is. Presentation followed by open discussion over a glass of wine, of course!  This workshop is 90-minute and an educational supplement to our film series.

 Bailey Holtz is a filmmaker, writer, and performer based in Chicago. She studied French and Film and Media Studies at Georgetown University, and has been fortunate enough to professionally pursue both strains of her education, first in New York, and now in Chicago. She has delved into the worlds of entertainment, film production, and French cultural administration, and is delighted to finally be able to bring her passions together under one roof. Bailey grew up in Zurich, Switzerland, where her love of languages and cultural exchange was first ignited.   

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.