Delphine Seyrig: Resistant Muse

March 8–April 27, 2019

A tribute to an actress who contributed her profound intelligence, professional expertise, and sublime beauty to some of the most memorable films of the twentieth century, including Chantal Akerman’s Jeanne Dielman and Alain Resnais’s Last Year at Marienbad.

 

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  • Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

  • Last Year at Marienbad

  • Donkey Skin

  • India Song

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  • The Image of Dorian Gray in the Yellow Press

    Ulrike Ottinger
    West Germany, 1984

    Digital Restoration
    BAMPFA Student Committee Pick

    • Friday, March 8 7 PM
    Ulrike Ottinger in Person

    Delphine Seyrig plays Dr. Mabuse, the unscrupulous president of a multinational press conglomerate scheming up a new plan for world domination, in Ottinger’s Langian exploration of media manipulation.

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  • Last Year at Marienbad

    Alain Resnais
    France, 1961
    • Saturday, March 9 7:30 PM

    It’s déjà vu all over the place in Resnais’s classic of the French New Wave, an elegant, labyrinthine puzzle written by Alain Robbe-Grillet and starring Delphine Seyrig.

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  • Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

    Chantal Akerman
    Belgium, 1975
    • Sunday, March 17 2 PM

    The repetitive domestic routines of a bourgeois widow (Delphine Seyrig) become a source of Hitchcockian suspense in Akerman’s tour de force.

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  • Muriel

    Alain Resnais
    France, 1963
    • Saturday, March 23 8 PM

    Delphine Seyrig stars as a widow haunted by a former love, as her son is haunted by memories of the Algerian War, in this film from the director of Last Year at Marienbad.

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  • The Golden Eighties

    Chantal Akerman
    Belgium, 1986
    • Saturday, March 30 6 PM

    Delphine Seyrig is the soulful center of Akerman’s exuberant mid-eighties pop musical, set in the hyper-artificial confines of a subterranean shopping mall.

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  • Donkey Skin

    Jacques Demy
    France, 1970

    Digital Restoration

    • Sunday, March 31 4 PM

    This charming adaptation of a fairy tale by Charles Perrault (creator of Cinderella) has been called Demy’s “grand synthesis of Cocteau and Minnelli.” Catherine Deneuve, Jean Marais, and Delphine Seyrig star.

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  • Stolen Kisses

    François Truffaut
    France, 1968
    • Friday, April 5 7 PM

    Jean-Pierre Léaud stars as Truffaut’s quintessential dreamer Antoine Doinel, flitting through 1968 Paris in search of love and livelihood—and finding the alluring Delphine Seyrig.

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  • Be Pretty and Shut Up!

    Delphine Seyrig
    France, 1976
    • Sunday, April 7 2 PM

    Seyrig’s video dossier compiles firsthand accounts from actresses—including Jane Fonda, Maria Schneider, Shirley MacLaine, Jill Clayburgh, and Juliet Berto—on the frustrations and limitations of their métier, still sadly relevant today. With Beat classic Pull My Daisy.

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  • India Song

    Marguerite Duras
    France, 1975

    Imported 35mm Print

     

    • Saturday, April 27 8 PM

    A diplomat’s beautiful wife (Delphine Seyrig) suffers “colonial sickness” in Duras’s evocation of colonial India and the gap between rich and poor, colonist and occupied. “Seyrig is marvelous to contemplate” (NY Times).

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