Francophile Thursdays

Tonight kicks off the Cinespia’s “Vive L’amour” series, co-sponsored by the Film and TV Office of the French Embassy in Los Angeles, and presented at the Cinefamily (Silent Movie Theater). In tonight’s cinematic bon-bon, Catherine Deneuve stars in Les Parapluies de Cherbourg, the musical story of a sweet, young shop girl and her starcrossed love for a mechanic.

After the movie, a curated selection of vintage scopitones will be screened, and the Frenchie food truck will be on hand serving up appropriate fare, throughout the night . Later in the series Cinespia will screen Beauty and the Beast, Jules and Jim, and Amelie among others. (Some films screen on Saturdays.)

As if that’s not enough, tonight at the Egyptian is a double feature of Goddard’s Contempt and Truffaut’s Shoot the Piano Player. Formidable!

Finally, on a non-French note, while I’m posting about fantastique cinema, I feel the need to give a shout out to the Aero for their Valentine’s Day weekend schedule: Gone With the Wind Saturday the 12th, Casablanca and Double Indemnity the 13th, and Breakfast at Tiffany’s on Valentine’s Day itself. That is one inspired line-up, Aero.

Thank you, L.A., for being so cinematically awesome. J’taime.

3 Replies to “Francophile Thursdays”

  1. I remember Scopitone!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ya9U8u4vfic&feature=related
    (avec ‘le twist’!) and my favorite “les babouches a boudhha”
    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x3tq1y_silvana-blasi-les-babouches-a-boudd_music
    although I never understood the story concerning Buddha’s
    slippers.. I guess we’re more impressionable when we’re very
    young–and of course it was all new then… have to see if I can
    get over to Cinefamily (altho’ Les Parapluies de Cherbourg has
    never even made it into my top 10 French films, I know it’s
    considered a classic) Merci Travis!

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