French Film Week at the Robinson Film Center (Shreveport, Louisiana) [fr]
The Robinson Film Center in Shreveport presents the early work of French icon Catherine Deneuve, bringing "Belle du Jour" by Luis Buñuel and "The Umbrellas of Cherboug" by Jacques Demy to the screen from November 9 - 15, 2018.
On opening night, the Robinson Film Center is offering a dinner followed by a discussion on French cinema. Nicolas Torres, attaché for the cooperation of French, will be present on behalf of the Consulate General.
Over the course of her five-decade career, Catherine Dorléac, better known as Deneuve, has had a lasting impact on French cinema as one of the only great actresses with an unquestionable popular appeal. As a spokeswoman for great designers and perfumers, a muse for Serge Gainsbourg, and as a national French icon, Deneuve defined her career with the directors she chose to work with: Demy, Buñuel, Melville, Polanski, Ferreri, Aldrich, De Broca, Rappeneau, Téchiné, Ruiz, Oliveira, Desplechin, Jacquot, Garrel, as well as Von Trier to name a few.
The Robinson Film Center has chosen two classic French films that depict the emerging talent of a young actress on the precipice of an exceptional career:
Belle du Jour
Beautiful young housewife Séverine (Deneuve) cannot reconcile her elaborate fantasies with her life alongside her straight-laced husband. When her friend mentions a secretive high-class brothel she begins to work there during the day under the name Belle de Jour. Drama, 1967, 100 min., R.
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
Geneviève (Catherine Deneuve), a beautiful young Frenchwoman who works at a small-town boutique selling umbrellas, falls for dashing mechanic Guy (Nino Castelnuovo). Their brief romance is interrupted when Guy is drafted to serve in the Algerian War. Musical/Romance, 1964, 91 min., NR.