Ciné-club: French Language Film Series

Spring 2017 schedule:
(All films presented in French with English subtitles.)

Poster for film: La Graine et le MuletWednesday February 8, 2017; 7:00PM | Rocky/Mathey Theater
Cine-Club presents, Abdellatif Kechiche's, "La Graine et le Mulet" (2007)

At the port of Sète, Mr. Slimani, a tired 60-year-old, drags himself toward a shipyard job that has become more and more difficult to cope with as the years go by. He is a divorced father who forces himself to stay close to his family despite the schisms and tensions that are easily sparked off and that financial difficulties make even more intense.


Poster for Film: La Grande VadrouilleWednesday February 22, 2017; 7:00PM | Rocky/Mathey Theater
Cine-Club presents, Gérard Oury's, "La Grande Vadrouille" (1966)

Over German-occupied France, a Royal Air Force bomber becomes lost after a mission and is shot down over Paris by German flak. Three of the crew, Sir Reginald, Peter Cunningham and Alan MacIntosh, parachute out over the city, where they run into and are hidden by a house painter, Augustin Bouvet, a puppet show operator, Juliette, and the grumbling conductor of the Opéra National de Paris, Stanislas Lefort.


Poster for film: La Charme Discret de la BourgeoisieTuesday March 7, 2017; 7:00PM | Rocky/Mathey Theater
Cine-Club presents, Luis Buñuel's, "Le Charme Discret de la Bourgeoisie" (1972)

A surreal series of dreams centered around six middle-class people and their consistently interrupted attempts to have a meal together.




Poster for film: L'histoire d'Adele H.Tuesday March 28, 2017; 7:00PM | Rocky/Mathey Theater
Cine-Club presents, Francois Truffaut’s, "L'Histoire d'Adèle H" (1975)

Adèle, daughter of French author and patriot Victor Hugo, is beautiful, composed and filled with the same brilliant writing talent as her famous father. However, Adele is driven not by literary aspirations but by love. Impelled by a need that will not be denied, she has run away from home to follow her handsome, womanizing lover


Poster for film: Cléo de 5 a 7Tuesday April 11, 2017 | Rocky/Mathey Theater
Cine-Club presents, Agnés Varda’s, "Cléo de 5 à 7" (1962)

Cleo, a singer and hypochondriac, becomes increasingly worried that she might have cancer while awaiting test results from her doctor.



Poster for Film: Playtime by Jacques TatiTuesday April 25, 2017 | Rocky/Mathey Theater
Cine-Club presents, Jacques Tati’s, "Playtime" (1967)

Monsieur Hulot curiously wanders around a high-tech Paris, paralleling a trip with a group of American tourists. Meanwhile, a nightclub/restaurant prepares its opening night, but it's still under construction.


Fall 2016 schedule:

Poster for film: Masculin, FémininTuesday October 18, 2016; 7:00PM  | Rocky/Mathey Theater
Ciné Club presents, Jean-Luc Godard's, "Masculin, Féminin" (1966)

-A series of vignettes about youth culture in mid 1960's urban France are presented. These vignettes are tied together by a central thread, the story of twenty-one year old Paul, who witnesses or overhears many of these happenings. He has just completed his eighteen month mandatory military service, and thus is just beginning the real phase of being what would be considered his adult life.


TomboyTuesday November 08, 2016; 7:00PM  | Rocky/Mathey Theater
Ciné Club presents, Céline Sciamma's, "Tomboy" (2011)

-A French family with two daughters, 10-year-old Laure and 6-year-old Jeanne, moves to a new neighborhood during the summer holidays. With her Jean Seberg haircut and tomboy ways, Laure is immediately mistaken for a boy by the local kids and passes herself off as Michael. Filmmaker Céline Sciamma brings a light and charming touch to this drama of childhood gender confusion.


poster for le regle du jeuTuesday November 29, 2016; 7:00PM  | Rocky/Mathey Theater
Ciné Club presents, Jean Renoir's, "La Régle du Jeu" (1939)

-The film is a comedy of manners that depicts members of upper-class French society and their servants just before the beginning of World War II, showing their moral callousness on the eve of impending destruction.
The most expensive French film up to that time, with its original budget of 2.5 million francs increased to over five million. When directing the film, Renoir and cinematographer Jean Bachelet made use of deep-focus cinematography and long shots during which the camera is constantly moving.

Poster for GainsbourgTuesday December 13, 2016; 7:00PM  | Rocky/Mathey Theater
Ciné Club presents, Joann Sfar's, "Gainsbourg, vie héroïque" (2010)

-The film follows notorious musician Serge Gainsbourg's exploits from his upbringing in Nazi occupied France through his rise to fame and love affairs with Juliette Gréco, Brigitte Bardot and Jane Birkin to his later experimentation with reggae in Jamaica.  The film also includes many of Gainsbourg's more famous songs, which serve as the soundtrack to the film and often serve as plot elements themselves.