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August 18, 2023 - August 27, 2023


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A newly restored film from the late 1930s by unsung French filmmaker Jean Grémillon, Lady Killer is first collaboration between Grémillon and legendary actor Jean Gabin. Adaptated from a novel by André Boucler, it features the young Gabin as a foreign-legion Casanova – the “lady killer” of the title – who meets his match in the mysterious seductress Madeleine (Mireille Balin).

4K restoration / 1937 / 94 min / in French w/ English subtitles


To come across the films of classic French filmmaker Jean Grémillon is like discovering another country, at once familiar and unaccountably new. — Los Angeles Times

“Gremillon belongs in the hierarchy of classic French cinema alongside René Clair, Jean Renoir, and Marcel Carné. — The Village Voice


Not every rarity is a revelation, but Lady Killer strikes me as the real deal. – The New Yorker


Four Stars. Lady Killer is ONE OF THE SCREEN’S LEAST SEEN MASTERPIECES. Gabin, with his soft voice and sensual hesitations, never had a more suitable role, and Balin brings a palpable erotic charge to her femme fatale part. — Slant


CRITIC’S PICK! Compared to other heavy hitters from the golden age of French cinema — think Jean Renoir (“The Rules of the Game”) or Marcel Carné (“Children of Paradise”) — history hasn’t been kind to Jean Grémillon. This is especially the case in the United States, where the director’s work continues to be discussed among cinephiles like a special secret. It’s a shame. HIS FILMS ARE AMONG THE MOST INNOVATIVE AND EXPRESSIVE from a period stretching roughly from the early 1930s through the ’50s — and in many ways they look ahead to the rule breaking of the French New Wave. – The New York Times


August 18, 2023
August 27, 2023
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