Archives for September 2012

French Crime Films at MOMA

Sept. 1-4, 2012

In case you’re not driving to the beach or the mountains this holiday weekend, consider cooling and chilling with some polar–i.e., French crime and police flicks. Catch the climactic holiday windup of French hardboiled/noir thrillers, ranging from the ’40’s to 2011, at New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MOMA). Série Noire on Saturday at 2pm from Jim Thompson’s novel “Hell of a Woman,” deals with a murder plotted by a seductive babe and a straying husband. Followed by 36th Precinct at 4:30 with Gérard Depardieu, where police and criminals do their thing, moral or not, and A Gang Story at 7:30. On Sunday September 2, the show kicks off at 2:30 with a very young Natalie Portman in The Professional. At 5:30 there’s Point Blank, a fast-paced thriller. Monday gives us A Gang Story again at 4:30, and 36th Precinct at 7:30.

Tuesday’s Crimson Rivers screens at 4:30, where two detectives investigate a pair of crimes–a murder and a disappearance–that could be connected.

By 7:30, be ready for The Murderer Lives at 21. “L’assassin habite au 21” was the feature debut of Henri-Georges Clouzot (Les Diaboliques), a 1942 comedy thriller made for a Nazi-run outfit and meant to replace banned American cinema. Afterwards, relax with a glass of good wine at the adjacent Museum restaurant/bar, the Modern. MOMA.org.

Copyright 2013 Marcelle Thiebaux