CLAUDE LELOUCH JUST ARRIVED!
Acclaimed and prolific filmmaker Claude Lelouch is multi-talented – he’s a director, screenwriter, producer and cinematographer. He’s also an incurable romantic and has been quoted as saying “the more I go to the movies, the more I like French films”. The French public feels the same about Lelouch’s films with over 45 millions dollars in box office entries in France alone during his career comprising 47 screenplays, directing more than 60 feature films and producing 41. And he has yet to slow down! Claude Lelouch was born in Paris and began his filmmaking career in 1961. In 1966 he co-wrote and directed a film applauded worldwide, the iconic A MAN AND A WOMAN, starring Anouk Aimée and Jean-Louis Trintignant. It won the Palme d’Or at Cannes 1966 as well as two Oscars. Lelouch was reportedly inspired by a long walk he took before dawn on the beach at Deauville during a difficult time in his life. Among the many films Lelouch has directed, the most familiar to North American audiences are possibly LIVE FOR LIFE, LES UNS ET LES AUTRES, LES MISÉRABLES and UN PLUS UNE.
The Cinémathèque Québécoise will screen Lelouch’s LES UNS ET LES AUTRES on Wednesday, November 8th, at 6:30PM. The film stars James Caan, Geraldine Chaplin, Jacques Villeret and Fanny Ardant and traces the history of four families of different nationalities from the 30s to the 80s – they share the same passion for music and dance and they are all impacted and transformed by the events of WWll. Their lives ultimately intertwine at an extraordinary outdoor concert in Paris. This great classic of French cinema (1981) remained on Quebec screens for 2 years! Another Lelouch success, the comedy LA BONNE ANNÉE, starring Claude Mann, Lino Ventura and Françoise Fabian, will be screened on Thursday, November 9th at 6:00PM, at the Cinémathèque Québécoise. (A convicted hold-up artist finally leaves prison after 6 years, and searches for the woman with whom he fell in love before his imprisonment. Together with his pal Charlot, while planning a major stick-up at a Cannes Croisette luxury jewellery boutique, he manages to re-gain her love).
A bonus for cinephiles is the recently produced on Lelouch, TOURNER POUR VIVRE, directed by Philippe Azoulay, screening at Cinéma Beaubien, Saturday, November 11th at 2:00PM. For 3 years, the filmmaker shared his life, his philosophies and his belief that creativity thrives on chaos. It’s a remarkably spiritual journey we’re privileged to take with a great filmmaker, an artistic adventure that we share with a most considerate human being, Claude Lelouch.
Finally, INIS (Institut National de l’Image et du Son) and its students, will have the unique opportunity to welcome filmmaker Claude Lelouch for a master class, Friday, November 10th, from 4:00PM-6:00PM. It’s a rare opportunity to meet this exceptional director and to share highlights of his career and globe-trotting filmmaking adventures.
Claude Lelouch & Maidy Teitelbaum, President-founder of CINEMANIA