Spring Film Series 2015

Pictures from Paris

Paris in the spring!  If you can’t go in person, join us at the NCMA for a little Parisian holiday.  We love meandering along the boulevards, perhaps to do a little couture shopping, or take a break at a Monmartre café and tap the crispy top of a crème brulee, conquer speed typing on a cotton candy pink machine or simply experience the joy of living in one of the world’s most beautiful cities.  Allons-y!

April 10:

Ninotchka (1939) Directed by Ernst Lubitsch Greta Garbo, Melvyn Douglas, Ina Claire.  (110 min)

A grim Soviet functionary finds herself strangely susceptible to a suave Capitalist playboy and a mad, mad Paris hat.  Garbo’s first comedy (penned by Billy Wilder) is “a gay and impertinent and malicious show which never pulls its punch lines …and finds the screen's austere first lady of drama playing a dead-pan comedy role with the assurance of a Buster Keaton” (Time Magazine). Film notes for Ninotchka

April 17:

Cléo From 5 to 7 (1962) Written and directed by Agnés Varda.  Corinne Marchand, Antoine Bourseiller, Dominique Davray (90 min) In French with English subtitles

Cléo, a chanteuse, anxiously awaits the results of her biopsy.  Varda, the only woman director in the French New Wave, uses its breathless freedom to create the illusion of real time.  Cléo must overcome her vanity and surge towards the possibility of love, said Varda, “the portrait of a woman painted onto a documentary about Paris.”  …In the cinema of enchantment this ranks pretty high” (Time Out). Film notes for Cléo

April 24:

Populaire (2012) Written and directed by Régis Roinsard. Romain Duris, Déborah François, Bérénice Bejo (111 min) Rated R. In French with English subtitles

Rose Pamphyle is passionate about her typewriter.  Leaving her village for the big city, her keyboard skills inspire her debonair boss to train her for the 1958 speed typing championship of France.  This candy colored Mad Men era rom com bon bon evokes the stylishness of classic Hollywood, which critics compared to the best of Doris Day and Rock Hudson. “Populaire has an abundance of charm” (NY Times). Film notes for Populaire.

May 1:

Amélie (2001) Written and directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet.  Audrey Tatou, Mathieu Kassovitz (122 min) Rated R. In French with English subtitles

Impish Amélie is shy, but blossoms when she discovers a knack for doing good deeds.  Devoted to her Monmartre neighborhood and delighting in simple pleasures, Tatou’s indelible gamine embodies all the mischievous promise of the City of Lights.  “Movies have been in need of an enchantress…In the role of Amélie… Tautou is utterly captivating. Ditto the movie. There's magic in it” (Rolling Stone). Film notes for Amelie


Fridays, 8 pm
East Building
Museum Auditorium

Tickets $7 ($5 Students, NCMA members)

By phone:             (919) 715-5923      
In person: Museum Box Office, East Building.

c.moviedivaApril 2015