The Quad is pleased to announce a special partnership with the famed Cinémathèque française. Through this collaboration, we will periodically host the Cinémathèque's curatorial vision, customized for the Quad to give New Yorkers a taste of Parisian programming.
For this inaugural edition, we explore the melodramatic mode in French cinema, with titles from Max Ophüls, André Téchiné, Alain Resnais, Jean-Luc Godard, and more!
Although melodrama’s roots date back to 18th-century theater, 200 years on, the movies would become the form’s natural home: it thrived and adapted to the big screen with stage transfers, film versions of incident-packed novels, and original screenplays. French filmmakers took to the genre with particular gusto, and took seriously the potential of combining cinema and melodrama for viewer identification. The Quad has saved you a seat to settle in as some of France’s finest auteurs and actors seek to make your cheeks flush, your heart beat faster, and your mind race; voilà, les mélos.
Programmed by Jean-François Rauget
The Earrings of Madame de… Max Ophüls, 1953, 105m, 35mm
Hôtel des Amériques André Téchiné, 1981, 95m, 35mm
Lady Killer (Gueule d’Amour) Jean Grémillon, 1937, 94m, DCP
Mélo Alain Resnais, 1986, 112m, 35mm
Noce blanche Jean-Claude Brisseau, 1989, 92m, DCP
Notre histoire Bertrand Blier, 1984, 110m, 35mm
Paradise Lost (Four Flights to Love) Abel Gance, 1940, 82m, 35mm
Rosa la rose, fille publique Paul Vecchiali, 1986, 92m, 35mm
Sans lendemain Max Ophüls, 1939, 82m, DCP
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg Jacques Demy, 1964, 91m, DCP
Vivre sa vie Jean-Luc Godard, 1962, 85m, 35mm
The Woman Next Door François Truffaut, 1981, 106m, 35mm