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Roxie Theater: The Other Side of the Lost Continent: Bastille Day
July 14 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
One event on July 14, 2019 at 1:30 pm
THE OTHER SIDE OF THE LOST CONTINENT
Midcentury Productions’ Don Malcolm and comrade Phoebe Green continue their exciting new series featuring rare comedies and love stories from France’s unjustly maligned 1930s-50s era. Fans of THE FRENCH HAD A NAME FOR IT and adventurous Bay Area cinephiles are encouraged to attend as our “soft opening” in the Little Roxie continues…
Thursday, July 11 at 6:30pm &
Sunday, July 14 at 1:30pm
René Clair directed this iconic Parisian comedy during a highly productive run in the early thirties (including better-known classics A NOUS LA LIBERTÉ and LE MILLION). The set-up in BASTILLE DAY (1933) is perfection: a shopgirl (Annabella) and a cabby (Georges Rigaud) who are having trouble committing to each other find their relationship further complicated by the return of Rigaud’s fetching ex (alluring Romanian expatriate Pola Illery, who starred in Clair’s other thirties classic SOUS LE TOITS DE PARIS). Before you know it, Rigaud has been sucked into a robbery scheme and the joint they plan to knock over is the place where Annabella works!
Suspense and laughs are deftly intertwined by Clair, and he heightens the funny business with Rigaud’s loudmouth fellow cabbie (Raymond Cordy) and his tipsy, tuxedoed passenger (Paul Ollivier), whose slightly demented interactions provide comic relief that ranges from wry to ribald to uproariously slapstick.
It’s a rollicking ride through the streets of Paris, with colorful characters, sudden rainstorms, and perfectly choreographed plot complications. Come join us to celebrate the hidden glories of classic French cinema emanating from what Don calls “the other side of the Lost Continent”—a true treasure trove of unseen film classics!