Film Retrospective 2018-19: Nouvelle Vague, Revisited
Saturday, February 16 at 1:30 p.m.
$7 Members / $10 Non-Members / Includes a glass of French wine
54 W. Chicago Avenue
Un homme et une femme / A Man and a Woman by Claude Lelouch (France, 1966, 103 min.)
Hosted by Bailey Holtz and Randy Williams - In French with English subtitles.
Un homme et une femme was a favorite date movie of the mid-sixties, featuring an innocent, slowly blossoming romance that promised good things for lonely and found souls alike. So popular was it, in fact, that a sequel appeared in 1986, subtitled, sensibly, 20 Years Later. Featuring two of the best actors of their generation, the film takes place in Paris and Deauville, where the protagonists Anne (Anouk Aimée) and Jean-Louis (Jean-Louis Trintignant) reside and send their children to boarding school. Both have recently lost their spouses under tragic circumstances. They meet en route from the boarding school to Paris, and immediately form a connection. Both Anne and Jean-Louis, however, are plagued by the residual pain of their past loves which complicates their relationship. Un homme et une femme eschews the artificiality of blockbuster rom-coms, and keeps with the tenets of the Nouvelle Vague while still tugging at heart-strings. The award-winning soundtrack by Francis Lai, who also composed the soundtrack for Love Story, helps immortalize Lelouche’s gorgeous film.
Un homme et une femme eschews the artificiality of blockbuster rom-coms, and keeps with the tenets of the Nouvelle Vague while still tugging at heart-strings. The award-winning soundtrack by Francis Lai, who also signed Love Story’s, is a big factor in immortalizing the mood set by Lelouch.
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.
Trailer in French only, but film screening will have English subtitles!