Calgary Cinematheque is pleased to present JULES ET JIM (1962) at the Plaza Theatre, Thursday March 30th.
When cinephile organizations think of irreverent defining moments in film history, the French New Wave is often the common energizing image. A pouty Belmondo in Breathless, despondent Leaud in The 400 Blows, and Jeanne Moreau running on that bridge-- her two lovers in tow. In our tenth anniversary, the Calgary Cinematheque embraces Jules et Jim as a fitting and playful showcase of the very spirit underlying our organization. Many cinematheques see themselves through the breezy, self-conscious, and bright lens of those Cahiers Du Cinema torch bearers: Truffaut, Godard, Chabrol, Rohmer, Resnais, and Rivette.
The French New Wave synthesized critical film thinking and Hollywood passions with modern personal filmmaking. The critics put down their pens and picked up cameras. And we have all benefited from that turning point in authorship. The very word "cinematheque" is French, and reaches back to that energized origin, when auteur cinema defensibly took root, and cinematheques worldwide held strong to the best in expressive global filmmaking.
Join us March 30th, for a beautifully rendered restoration of Truffaut's Jules et Jim (1962).