Film - Feature | December 29 | 7 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
We close out 2019 with Louis Malles first feature, an elegant, Hitchcockian thriller. Maurice Ronet and Jeanne Moreau star as an ex-paratrooper and his lover whose plot to murder her husband goes awry. Adroitly bringing in the wider issues of the Indochina war, industry, and runaway machinery, Malle creates a milieu for his frantic, frustrated lovers (who never once share screen space), while an improvised score by Miles Davis becomes an abstraction of their punctuated existence. A terrific thriller (Caryn James, New York Times), and a perfect companion piece to Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool, also screening this month.
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