OPENING NIGHT | FRIDAY, MARCH 31
REFRESHMENTS & INTRODUCTION
6:00pm - Doors
7:00pm - The Bakery Girl of Monceau + Suzanne's Career | Introduced by Robert Ingram
8:50pm - My Night at Maud’s
The Bakery Girl of Monceau
(La boulangère de Monceau)
France 1962. Dir: Eric Rohmer. 23 min. DVD
This charming short was the first of Rohmer’s Moral Tales, and introduced the cycle's basic structure and themes. Future director Barbet Schroeder (who also produced all of the Moral Tales) is the narrator-hero, a young man who glimpses an alluring young woman on the street and instantly falls in love. Not knowing how to get in touch with the object of his desire, he searches the neighbourhood daily, and lets himself be tempted by sensuous Jacqueline, a shop assistant at the local bakery.
— followed by —
(La carrière de Suzanne)
France 1963. Dir: Eric Rohmer. 55 min. DVD
The second of Rohmer's Moral Tales has Bertrand, a timid Parisian student, trapped in a difficult game of romantic cat-and-mouse. Unable to reveal his feelings for out-of-his-league Sophie, he finds himself fending off the affections of Suzanne, who’s recently been dumped by — and is actually still sweet on — Bertrand's philandering pal Guillaume. Like The Bakery Girl of Monceau, Suzanne’s Career is a low-budget, 16mm, black-and-white, shot-on-the-streets effort made at the height of the French New Wave. After the subsequent success of his more polished follow-ups, Rohmer resisted re-releasing the first two Tales, fearing they might seem “too amateurish". They are instead fascinating precursors of the four major films to come!
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Robert Ingram is co-editor of the French Film Directors Series (Manchester UP) and author of two monographs on François Truffaut, including François Truffaut: The Complete Films (2003, Taschen).