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Aero Theatre | Robert Bresson: An American Cinematheque Retrospective
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Home / Now Showing / LES DAMES DU BOIS DE BOULOGNE / THE DEVIL, PROBABLY
LES DAMES DU BOIS DE BOULOGNE, 1945, Janus Films, 86 min, France, Dir: Robert Bresson.
A jealous woman (María Casares, in a piercing performance) takes revenge on the man who spurned her (Paul Bernard) by tricking him into marriage with a prostitute (Elina Labourdette). Jean Cocteau wrote the dialogue for this glistening drama of revenge, which, despite its elegantly acid language and luxe setting, is remarkably Bressonian in its emphasis on entrapment, sacrifice and redemption.
35mm print courtesy of the Institut Français. Special thanks to the Film & TV Office, Villa Albertine in Los Angeles.
THE DEVIL, PROBABLY, 1977, Film Desk, 95 min, France, Dir: Robert Bresson.
The most controversial film of Bresson’s career, THE DEVIL, PROBABLY was off-limits to viewers under the age of 18 in France as an incitement to suicide. A film that caused Rainer Werner Fassbinder to threaten to walk off the Berlin Film Festival jury if his support for it was not made public, it traces the last six months in the life of a young Parisian in search of his own demise, who rejects the conventional solutions offered by politics and religion, saying “My sickness is that I see clearly.”
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