Fellow Film Club Members & Movie Buffs
The theme for March is “Lasting Love–in all its forms and guises; sweet, bitter,
February will be over before we know it, with warmer temps and brighter days being promised. Join the Tacoma Film Club this Friday, the first day of March 2013, as we screen the classic romantic film, A MAN AND A WOMAN (1966). The landmark film was directed by Claude Lelouch. A very versatile individual, he is equally a writer, director, producer, actor, and cinematographer. He has directed 57 films from 1961-2013, including THE CROOK (1970), HAPPY NEW YEAR (1973), ROBERT ET ROBERT (1978), BOLERO (1985), A MAN AND A WOMAN–20 YEARS LATER (1986), and LES MISERABES (1995).
Lelouch wrote: Film making is like spermatozoa–one in a million make it.
Claude Lelouch did all of the cinematography. The film is renown for its lush photography; it segues from full color to black & white and sepia tones. Lelouch humbly stated at one point, “the artiness in the film was a result of a slim budget, and B&W film stock is less expensive.”
Bosley Crowther of the NEW YORK TIMES wrote, “This film has beautiful and sometimes breath-taking visual imagery, intended to excite the emotions.”
Lelouch said recently: “It is true, no doubt, my public has grown old, and now they prefer to stay home and watch television.”
The musical score was written by Francis Lai, who collaborated with Lelouch on 28 films. The score for A MAN AND A WOMAN was a best-selling album, and Lai won a BAFTA and a Golden Globe with it. Lai has written 120 film scores from 1965-2011. AMAAW was his third movie score. Some of his other scores were for MAYERLING (1968), RIDER ON THE RAIN (1970), LOVE STORY (1970), INTERNATIONAL VELVET (1978), and BOLERO (1981).
Trivia: The film had a modest three week shooting schedule. Francis Lai’s soundtrack was written before the film was shot, and it was often played on the set to inspire the actors. Lelouch and Aimee had conflicts early on, but things smoothed out and they became good friends. Lelouch has been know for having improvised dialogue in many of his films, and many key scenes, including the last scene at the train station, were improvised. The surprise on Aimee’s face was genuine.
A MAN AND A WOMAN (1966)
Directed by Claude Lelouch @ 102 minutes.
The film stars Jean-Louis Trintignant, Anouk Aimee, Pierre Barouch,
and Valerie Lagrange.
Lelouch once stated: “ I think Jean-Louis is the actor who taught me how to direct actors.”
Synopsis: A man and a woman meet by chance on a Sunday at their children’s
boarding school. They discover as they become friends that she is a widow, and he a widower. Soon they are more than friends, becoming intimate, but the woman breaks
off the love affair, stating that her husband’s memory was still too strong.
The man, hopelessly in love, refuses to accept her decision.
Tagline: “Love, as only the French know how to do it.”
Often considered one of the most romantic movies of all time, it won two
Oscars–Best Foreign Film, & Best Writing Directly for the Screen. It was considered the ultimate date movie of the 1960’s.
Rotten Tomatoes rated the film at 78% Critic’s approval, with 85% of Audience approval.
Norman N. Holland from A SHARPER FOCUS wrote: “The film embodies two time schemes. One speeds straightforwardly from start to finish, like an auto race. This is the overall arc of the film, but there are also plenty of flashbacks, flash-forwards, and fantasies.”
Nick Davis wrote: “The movie gift wraps the agonies and ecstasies of impish beautiful people with kooky jobs and private pains in shiny paper of gorgeously wrapped superficial imagery.”
So be sure to mark your calendars for Friday, March 1, 2013, and join the Tacoma Film Club for their screening of Claude Lelouch’s A MAN AND A WOMAN (1966). It will screen at the Center for Spiritual Living, located at 206 North J Street, on the corner of J Street and Division, across from the Group Health hospital. If you arrive early, around 6 p.m., enjoy the fellowship downstairs. It is permitted to bring snacks & beverages to share with others, including wine–but remember no food or drink can be taken upstairs to the sanctuary for the screening. Please clean up the kitchen area before going upstairs to watch the movie. There is a donation box upstairs in the screening area, and this assists the Club in paying rent for the space, and other expenses. The film will screen at about 7:15 p.m., and it runs 102 minutes. So the movie will be over before 9:30 p.m. Enjoy the movie!