All screenings are at Rialto Cinemas on Monday nights at 6:30pmMon 2 March:
Screening: Monday 16 March, 6:30pm
aka The Night Is Young | Leos Carax | France | 1986 | M
This noir-ish second film from Leos Carax (Lovers of Pont-Neuf) earned him laudatory comparisons with such filmmakers as David Lynch and Martin Scorcese. Starring a young Juliette Binoche, in a doomed love triangle with Denis Lavant and Michel Piccoli.
Awarded France's Prix Delluc as Best Film of 1986, it more than confirms the promise of Boy Meets Girl, made when he was only 24. Like Godard's Pierrot le Fou, Bad Blood's poetic fireworks are suspended from a noir-ish plot involving a robbery and a doomed love triangle. Declaring its passion for cinema with every frame, the film recalls the best New Wave films of the sixties, but is firmly rooted in a palpable love of working with actors.
And Carax is rewarded by magnificent performances from his central trio: Denis Lavant, the versatile mime introduced in Boy Meets Girl, Juliette Binoche (star of Phillip Kaufman's film of Kundera's The Unbearable Lightness of Being) and veteran character actor Michel Piccoli. The camerawork of Jean-Yves Escoffier is nothing short of dazzling. — Peter Scarlet, San Francisco International Film Festival
(119 minutes, In French with English subtitles, 35mm)