L.A. Repertory Cinema Pick: ‘French Film Fridays’ at LACMA

French Film Fridays, throughout July at LACMA

The must-see of the series: THE DEVIL, PROBABLY (1977), finally showing up in L.A.

Four weeks, four double features, each a study in contrasts: this series at the L.A. County Museum of Art offers a heady lineup of classics, along with a couple of lesser-known (on these shores) titles from the years of Nazi Occupation that sound fascinating. Each of these double features is so rich that it may be the cinephile’s equivalent of gluttony, but don’t let that stop you from going.

A must-see is Robert Bresson’s The Devil, Probably (1977), which for some reason never screens in L.A., but which LACMA is showing in a new 35mm print (!). It’s paired with the elegant surrealist mischief of Luis Bunuel’s The Phantom of Liberty (1974); that promises to be a seriously discombobulating double bill.

The complete lineup (all shows begin at 7:30, with a 10-minute intermission between films):

Friday, July 6:

Contempt (Jean-Luc Godard, 1963)

Mississippi Mermaid (Francois Truffaut, 1969)

Friday, July 13:

Beauty and the Beast (Jean Cocteau, 1946)

La Nuit Fantastique (Marcel L’Herbier, 1941)
(I haven’t seen this, but with a title like that, how can it not be good?)

Friday, July 20:

The Devil, Probably (Robert Bresson, 1977)

The Phantom of Liberty (Luis Bunuel, 1974)

Friday, July 27:

Remorques (Jean Grémillon, 1941)

The Wages of Fear (Henri-Georges Clouzot, 1953)

For more info, visit the LACMA website.

—Mark Tompkins

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