Director: Jean-Pierre Melville

87 mins • 1949 • France • Digital • Black and White / 18 mins • 1946 • France • Digital • Black and White

A four film programme celebrates the centennial of Jean-Pierre Melville – see the full lineup here. 

Dr Douglas Smith, Senior Lecturer, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics, UCD, will introduce this screening.

The screening will be preceded by Melville’s short 24 Hours in the Life of a Clown (24 heures de la vie d’un clown).

Shot by Henri Decaë, ‘cameraman to the Nouvelle Vague’, Melville’s first feature is one of a trilogy of wartime stories of the occupation and resistance in France. Staged mainly in one room in a rural house, an old man and his niece (Nicole Stéphane) are forced to provide lodgings for a German officer (Howard Vernon), a musician, and a sensitive and cultured idealist. The weapon of resistance they use is complete silence.

(Notes by Marie-Pierre Richard)

This film is screening as part of the Jean-Pierre Melville Centennial Celebration at this year’s IFI French Film Festival. Tickets for all Melville screenings cost €7 each.

Programme supported by the Institut Français and the French Embassy in Ireland. Special thanks to Christine Houard, Institut Français; Cultural Services of the French Embassy in Ireland.

Screening as part of the IFI French Film Festival 2017 – November 15th to 26th.

Packages €45 for 5 films. €80 for 10 films. (Both packages exclude the opening film. Available in person or over the phone: 01 679 3477.)

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