Ciné-Club: La Beauté du Diable

Ciné-Club: La Beauté du Diable

Sunday, November 15 at 1:00 p.m.
Free admission - Donations encouraged
This event takes place online - zoom links will be emailed on Sunday morning.

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Faust à la Française! The subject of this week's discussion is a comic, fantastical, (and slightly campy) take on that trickster Mephistopheles, by famous filmmaker of pre-New Wave cinema, René Clair. Join us as we take on:

La Beauté du Diable (1950)

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Oh to be young again... That is the only desire of the esteemed but disillusioned professor Faust, who yearns to reclaim the vigor and lust for life that he had in his younger years. And when his yearning accidentally summons the crafty Mephistopheles, an infernal servant of the devil, his wishes are finally granted - swapping bodies with the demon, he gets to enjoy the full extent of youth while Mephistopheles gets to gallavant about and tarnish the good professor's name. But there's always a greater price than advertised - is all the earthly world's glory worth signing away your soul? 

René Clair's magical reinterpretation of Faust features a uniquely French postwar take on the classic German tale, reveling in clever movie magic trompe l'œuil effects and an enchanting performances from cinematic icon Michel Simon (Boudu Saved From Drowning, La Poison). The result is a fascinating piece of tragicomedy that is equal parts silly and sinister - a devilishly good time by all accounts. Let's talk about it!




Isn’t it time you caught up on all those French classics you’ve been meaning to watch? If you’re a cinéphilefrancophile, or just looking for some fun conversation in these isolating times, we’ve got you covered.
Each week, we’ll reveal the film up for discussion by Wednesday on our social media and the events page of our website. We’ll also include some context to consider while watching, and some links for where to view it. You’ll have the rest of the week to watch the film independently and then we’ll group up online via Zoom on Monday at 6:30 PM to discuss. BYOB (or W). Sound good?  

For the sake of inclusivity, the discussion will be in English. When you register, we’ll send you a link for accessing the conversation group. Come full of thoughts or just full of ramblings – we’ll take either, or both! 

Discussion will be led by Matthew Jackson, a former AF culture intern. Matthew studied film at the University of Chicago and spends most of his time blathering about movies online.