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"A REMINDER OF HOW LUCKY YOU ARE TO LIVE IN NEW YORK! The crème de la crème of the era that François Truffaut, et al., needed to thumb their noses at – works that have aged better than most of the New Wave."
– David Edelstein, New York magazine

"[AN] ABSOLUTELY VITAL SERIES! Film Forum's 53-movie blowout "The French Old Wave" invites new worshippers to meet those old gods of French cinema. The bill of fare spans from the dawn of the sound era (René Clair's 1928 The Italian Straw Hat being the lone silent) to the watershed year 1960, and an uninitiated visitor stands to discover a whole terra incognita of French cinema."
– Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice
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On OLD WAVE star Jean Gabin
"To say that Gabin was Bogart and Tracy intersecting in a single actor would still not come close to encapsulating the importance of this extraordinary performer, who conveyed an entire philosophy in his carriage, as essentially French as the Parisian shrug. In efficient motion, Gabin was at once dainty and solid, brisk yet resigned, not particularly handsome yet capable of breathtaking close-ups."

– Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice

Special Thanks To Delphine Selles-Alvarez, Sonia Droulhiole, Muriel Guidoni-Deregnaucourt (French Cultutral Services, New York), Anne-Catherine Louvet (L’institut Français, Paris), Sarah Finklea, Brian Belovarac (Janus Films), Eric Di Bernardo, Adrienne Halpern (Rialto Pictures), Susan Oxtoby, Mona Nagai (Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley), Haden Guest (Harvard Film Archive), Agathe Théodore (Pathé), Elodie Dupont, Claire Thibault (The Festival Agency, Paris), Morgane Toulouse (Gaumont, Paris), Gary Palmucci (Kino Lorber), Nicolas Pagnol (Compagnie Méditerranéenne De Films – MPC), Ellen Schafer, Charlotte Boucon (Société Nouvelle De Cinématographie), Fleur Buckley, Margaret Deriaz (BFI, London), Mark McElhatten (Sikelia Productions), Laurence Berbon, Antoine Ferrasson (Tamasa, Paris), Caitlin Robertson (Twentieth Century Fox), Brian Block (Criterion Pictures), and Laure Gontier.