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French Film Festival in Pune from 25th Feb to 4th March

Jean-Luc GodardGreat news for all the French film buffs. The embassy of France and the Pune Alliance Francaise are are presenting a film festival of the celebrated French Nouvelle Vague director Jean-Luc Godard.

A BOUT DE SOUFFLE Godard exploded into the Nouvelle Vague or the New Wave with the film Breathless. Throwing out all the traditional rules of filmmaking, Godard shot the film without a script, using jump cuts and a shaky hand-held camera in a freeform style. Godard began as a critic at the influential journal Cahiers du Cinéma, where he worked with other New Wave pioneers, including François Truffaut, Claude Chabrol, and Eric Rohmer. Throughout his career, Godard has pushed the envelope in both style and subject, setting new standards for experimentation in film. One of the most important, controversial, and prolific film-makers in SAUVE QUI PEUT(LA VIE)history, Jean-Luc Godard has maintained an unbroken string of films in various genres and mediums from the late 1950s onward. Godard has established a reputation as a rebel who can work within and outside the system, producing films that are creative, breathtakingly beautiful, and yet commercial enough to earn back their production costs. Godard is equally known for his quirky and sometimes controversial remarks on cinema and cinema making for instance "You can love a woman but not a film, because you can kiss a woman, you can't kiss a movie!", and "All you need for a movie is a gun and a girl".

Le MeprisThis festival is organised in collaboration with the National Film Archives of India (NFAI). Prof. Suresh Chhabria who teaches Film Appreciation at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) will introduce this festival to the audience on Sunday 25th of February 2001. He will then conduct a discussion after the last film JLG/JLG on Sunday 4th of March 2001. All the screenings will be at the NFAI auditorium at 6:30 pm.


Schedule of events at the French Film Festival

Alphaville Sunday 25th February
A BOUT DE SOUFFLE (Breathless)
1960/ 87mins
Music:Martial Solal
Photography: Raoul Coutard
Cast: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberga, Van Doude, Daniel Boulanger, Jean-Pierre Melville



LA CHINOISE Monday 26th February

1979/ 88mins
Music:Gabriel Yared

Photography: William Lubtchansky, Renato Berta, Jean-Bernard Menoud
Cast: Nathalie Baye, Jacques Dutronc, Isabelle Huppert

JLG/JLG Tuesday 27th February
Le Mepris(Contempt)
1963/ 103mins
Music: Georges Delerue

Photography: Raoul Coutard, Couleurs
Cast: Brigitte Bardot, Michel Piccoli, Jack Palance, Giorgia Moll, Fritz Lang, Jean-Luc Godard


Wednesday 28th February
1965/ 98mins
Music:Paul Misraki
Photography: Raoul Coutard
Cast: Eddie Constantine, Anna Karina, Akim Tamiroff, Howard Vernon, Lasszlo Szabo

Thursday 1st March
La Chinoise

1967/ 90mins
Photography: Raoul Coutard,Couleur
Cast: Anne Wiazemsky, Jean-Pierre Leaud, Juliet Berto

Friday 2nd March
1987/ 81mins
Photography: Caroline Champetier, Couleur
Cast: Jean-Luc Godard, Jacques Villeret, Francois Perier, Jane Birkin, Michel Galabru, Diminique Lavanant, Rufus, Pauline Lafont, Eva darlan, Philippe Khorsand, les Rita Mitsouko

Sunday 4th March
1995/ 62mins
Photography: Yves Pouliguen, Couleur
Cast: Jean-Luc Godard, Denis Jadot, Genevieve Pasquier, Brigitte Bastien, Elizabeth Kaza, Andre S.Labarthe, Louis Seguin, Bernard Eisenshitz

Photographs & Text: Harikrishna



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