Online Film Club: La Poison

Online Film Club: La Poison

Monday, July 6 at 6:30 p.m.
Free admission - Donations encouraged
This event takes place online - zoom links will be emailed after registration

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Ready for a film that will make you feel better about your own relationship? In many ways a precursor to the musical Chicago, this week's film is a dark comedy about what you can get away with if you've got the right legal representation. Join as as we discuss:

La Poison (1951) 

Rent on Vudu, iTunes, or Amazon Prime

The Braconniers hate each other. Can't stand each other. Might wish each other dead. You know, couples' stuff. When Monsieur hears a radio interview with a star defense attorney who with an excellent record of acquittals, he hatches a plot to orchestrate the perfect, most defensible murder - with the attorney's unwitting help. When the entire village of bored eavesdroppers gets involved, with whom will the public side? 

Prolific director Sacha Guitry often starred in his own films as a charismatic, classically handsome gentleman, but for this one, Guitry stepped aside to let the incomparable Michel Simon take center stage in his darkly comic role as Mssr. Braconnier. This moral (or immoral?) satire of the French judicial system highlights the ridiculousness of gossip and the public spectacle of court hearings, as well as our often twisted ideas of victimhood and guilt. Who is really culpable here? Let's discuss!




Isn’t it time you caught up on all those French cult 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, one of our culture interns. Matthew studied film at the University of Chicago and spends most of his time blathering about movies online.