Jeanne Moreau: Enduring Allure

11/3/11 to 12/11/11

This retrospective of French actress Jeanne Moreau comprises a dozen films she made with an impressive array of directors who were lured by her singular talent, including Louis Malle, François Truffaut, Michelangelo Antonioni, Luis Buñuel, Jacques Demy, and Orson Welles.

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  • Chimes at Midnight

    • Sunday, December 11 3:00 pm

    Orson Welles (France/Spain/Switzerland, 1966). Welles embodies Shakespeare's Falstaff, aided by a fierce and lusty Jeanne Moreau as Doll Tearsheet, in “a dark masterpiece, shot through with slapstick and sorrow”(Time Out). (113 mins).

  • Mademoiselle

    • Saturday, December 10 6:30 pm

    Tony Richardson (U.K./France, 1966). Infamous French writer Jean Genet's unsettling ménages-of sexual repression, power, and criminality; of vulgarity and saintliness-are evident in this tale of a small French village, and the mayor, chief of police, and “professional virgin” (Jeanne Moreau) who vie for control. (103 mins)

  • The Bride Wore Black

    • Saturday, December 10 8:35 pm

    François Truffaut (France, 1968). Jeanne Moreau is a bride widowed on her wedding day, who takes vengeance on those responsible for her groom's death, in Truffaut's Hitchockian thriller. Based on a novel by Cornell Woolrich. (107 mins)

  • The Fire Within

    • Thursday, December 8 7 pm

    Louis Malle (France, 1964). The influence of Louis Malle's mentor Robert Bresson can be seen in this stylish early masterpiece that follows the last days of a disaffected playboy as he searches Paris society for a reason to live. Only his friend Jeanne Moreau offers hope. "A small gem, polished to perfection"(Time Out). (107 mins)

  • The Trial

    • Wednesday, December 7 7 pm

    Orson Welles (France/Italy/W. Germany/Yugoslavia, 1962). Anthony Perkins endures bureaucratic torments in Welles's take on Kafka, “a film of infernal brilliance”(Time). (118 mins)

  • Diary of a Chambermaid

    • Sunday, November 27 6 pm

    Luis Buñuel (France/Italy, 1964). Jeanne Moreau is a chambermaid in a household of perfectly ordinary bourgeois perverts in this darkly funny update of a Mirbeau novel, the first film in the long collaboration between Luis Buñuel and screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière. (95 mins)

  • La notte

    • Saturday, November 26 8:10 pm

    Michelangelo Antonioni (Italy/France, 1961). In Milan, novelist Marcello Mastroianni and his wife Jeanne Moreau play out a drama of marital disillusionment, set against Antonioni's rigorous sense of place and architecture. (117 mins)

  • Touchez pas au grisbi

    • Sunday, November 13 4:50 pm

    Jacques Becker (France/Italy, 1953). French legend Jean Gabin is a Montmartre gangster looking to hide-and later find-his loot, with Jeanne Moreau as his tough-as-nails lover. A masterpiece of hard-boiled film noir, French-style. (93 mins)

  • Jules and Jim

    • Saturday, November 12 8 PM

    François Truffaut (France, 1961). Truffaut's portrayal of an early-twentieth-century love triangle with Jeanne Moreau at its apex is "full of wit and radiance" (Pauline Kael). "I wish I'd made it" (Jean Renoir). (104 mins)

  • Elevator to the Gallows

    • Friday, November 4 7 PM

    Louis Malle (France, 1958). A restored print of Louis Malle's first feature, an elegant thriller featuring an iconic performance by Jeanne Moreau and a celebrated Miles Davis jazz score. "A consistently engaging, atmospheric noir. . . . Elevator to the Gallows remains worth treasuring" (Time Out N.Y.) (88 mins)

  • The Lovers

    • Friday, November 4 8:50 pm

    Louis Malle (France, 1958). An aimless provincial wife finds excitement in the arms of a new lover in Louis Malle's controversial works, one of the first successes of the Nouvelle Vague. Moreau's love scenes made her an international sex symbol. (88 mins)

  • Bay of Angels

    • Thursday, November 3 7:00 pm

    Jacques Demy (France, 1962). Jeanne Moreau is a faded gambler ready for one last spin along the Riviera, accompanied by a puppyish bank clerk. "An exhibition of cinematic personality reminiscent of Dietrich's best" (New York Times). (85 mins)