Thursday, August 16, 2018

L’Homme Fatal: Alain Delon August 31 – September 14 at the Quad

The Quad celebrates the smoldering screen presence of French sex symbol Alain Delon with a 22-film retrospective (15 on 35mm!)

Highlights include Michelangelo Antonioni's L'Eclisse, René Clément's Purple Noon, Jean-Luc Godard's Nouvelle Vague, Jean-Pierre Melville's Le Samouraï and more!

Combine a something-to-prove lit-fuse charisma and a golden-boy-gets-rough assurance with ineffable Gallic cool…and you’re close to gauging the appeal that made Alain Delon one of the biggest movie stars France has ever produced. Virile yet vulnerable, handsome yet malleable, Delon was one of his country’s top draws from the outset of the 1960s until near the twilight of the 20th century. A turbulent childhood and an unsettled early adulthood after military service led him to redirect his energies into an acting career; directors saw that this smoldering, ambiguous young man had screen presence to burn. Equally at home in films d’auteur and crowd-pleasing genre fare (with a penchant for policiers and gangster films), Delon was unafraid of playing unsympathetic or inscrutable characters—which made for an ingrained tension with audience identification that he mined again and again. He took more creative ownership by producing, and on occasion writing and directing. Although he never forsook his home base and native cinema, he successfully courted global stardom through adventurous collaborations and pairings. With this retrospective, the Quad invites you to follow the exploits of his characters, both tough and tender.

Any Number Can Win
Henri Verneuil, 1963, France/Italy, 118m, 35mm

Jacques Deray, 1970, France/Italy, 125m, DCP

Le Cercle Rouge
Jean-Pierre Melville, 1970, France/Italy, 140m, DCP

Pierre Gaspard-Huit, 1958, France/Italy, 100m, 35mm

Michelangelo Antonioni, 1962, Italy/France, 126m, 35mm

Un Flic
Jean-Pierre Melville, 1972, France/Italy, 98m, DCP

Le Gang
Jacques Deray, 1977, Italy/France, 100m, DCP

The Girl on a Motorcycle
Jack Cardiff, 1968, UK/France, 91m, 35mm

Is Paris Burning?
René Clément, 1966, France/U.S., 173m, 35mm

The Leopard
Luchino Visconti, 1963, Italy/France, 186m, 35mm

Notre Histoire
Bertrand Blier, 1984, France 110m, 35mm

Nouvelle Vague
Jean-Luc Godard, 1990, France/Switzerland, 89m, 35mm

Purple Noon
René Clément, 1960, France/Italy, 118m, 35mm

Red Sun
Terence Young, 1971, France/Italy/Spain, 112m, 35mm

Rocco and His Brothers
Luchino Visconti, 1960, Italy/France, 177m, DCP

Le Samouraï
Jean-Pierre Melville, 1967, France/Italy, 105m, 35mm

Michael Winner, 1973, U.S., 114m, 35mm

The Sicilian Clan
Henri Verneuil, 1969, France/U.S., 122m, 35mm

Spirits of the Dead
Federico Fellini/Louis Malle/Roger Vadim, 1968, France/Italy, 121m, 35mm

Swann in Love
Volker Schlöndorff, 1984, France/West Germany, 110m, 35mm

Three Men to Kill
Jacques Deray, 1980, France, 93m, DCP

Two Men in Town
José Giovanni, 1973, France/Italy, 100m, DCP

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