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The Other Paris
Northwest Film Forum
Seattle, WA
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The Other Paris
Live at the Film Forum

Apr 18 - Apr 20

a new work by Luc Sante

World premiere!

Thursday, Apr 18 at 08:00PM
Friday, Apr 19 at 08:00PM
Saturday, Apr 20 at 08:00PM

The Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, poodles and couture houses and oo la la. We all know Paris. But there isor wasanother city just underneath that top layer, a city of poor people and tenements, factories and slaughterhouses, crime and vice and revolt. Over one evening, acclaimed Brooklyn-based writer and historian Luc Sante shows us the dark side of one of the world's most beautiful cities and provides commentary throughout.

The Other Paris explores the Parisian underbelly from three directions. There are, first, the counter-travelogues, from the plunge through the class structure in Louis Feuillade's Juve contre Fantômas (1915) to the elevated-train tourfeaturing an apparent murderin Maurice Cam's Métropolitain (1939) to the headlong stumble through the streets (with a wounded driver) in Jules Dassin's Rififi (1955).

Then we'll rubberneck among the "Apaches" in Jacques Becker's Casque d'Or (1952), take in a bal musette in Anatole Litvak's Coeur de lilas (1932), and see how the Parisians coped with the German Occupation - fictionally and entertainingly in Claude Autant-Lara's La traversée de Paris (1956), and in bracing reality in Jean Rouch and Edgar Morin's Chronique d'un été (1961). Then we'll look at how the city has changed in recent decades.

Maurice Pialat chronicles the rise of the banlieue in L'Amour existe (1960) and Guy Debord mourns the end of bohemiathe end of self-determinationin In girum imus nocte et consumimur igni (1978). Finally, the whole story is played out as a slapstick parable: the battle of Little Big Horn set among the ruins of Les Halles, in Marco Ferreri's frantic Don't Touch the White Woman (1974). Over one evening, Luc Sante shows us the underbelley of one of the world's most beautiful cities and provides commentary throughout.

>> Tickets for this performance are $12/Film Forum Members, $15/General Admission, and can be purchased online or by phone from Brown Paper Tickets at 1.800.838.3006.

Luc Sante was born in Belgium and emigrated to the U.S. as a child. His connections to film are many. He has been a film critic (for Interview, Premiere, and Wigwag magazines, as well as for Slate); he has acted (in Sara Driver's You Are Not I and The Bowery, among others); he has consulted (on Martin Scorsese's Gangs of New York); and he co-wrote and co-directed the short film Le Bled: Buildings in a Field, with Jem Cohen (2009). Over the past thirty years he has written about photography, social history, popular music, literature and art in many contexts and formats. His books include Low Life, Evidence, The Factory of Facts, Kill All Your Darlings, Folk Photography, and La Canaille: Paris and Its Rabble, which will be published in 2014. He teaches writing and the history of photography at Bard College, and he is a 2012-2013 Cullman Fellow at the New York Public Library.


Northwest Film Forum (View)
1515 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
United States




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