Previously Played


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$7 Member   $12.50 Regular

Part of the seriesTHE FRENCH OLD WAVE

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Also screening Sat, Sun & Mon, Sept 1, 2 & 3


(1952, René Clément) A refugee column strafed by fighters... buffoonish, grotesque peasant feuds... a child’s game of pet burial, compete with stolen crosses: the special friendship between 5-year-old orphan Brigitte Fossey (later an international star) and 11-year-old Georges Poujouly is “surely the most extraordinary blend of tragedy and ferocious comedy in the history of filmmaking” (Vernon Young). Academy Award, Best Foreign Language Film. Approx. 86 min. 35mm.



"Clément's notorious eclecticism can surely never have been so marked within a single film as in this all-purpose allegory, anti-war tract and noir-ish morality."
–TimeOut  (London)

"The film is so powerful because it does not compromise on two things: the horror of war and the innocence of childhood. Fossey's face becomes a mirror that refuses to reflect what she must see and feel.... It doesn't try to create emotions, but to observe them."
– Roger Ebert