While Paris is without question the center of French culture, the provinces (and beyond) are fascinating in themselves, as well as for their contrast with Paris. Life is different there.
The Athenæum Film Club in 2021-22 was devoted to “Paris in French Film.” That year, the group viewed and discussed such popular, classic films set in Paris as Godard’s Breathless, Truffaut’s Shoot the Piano Player, Varda’s Cléo from 5 to 7, and Jeunet’s Amélie. Film Club members followed the evolution of French cinema, along with changes in Parisian city life and in the city itself, over the course of the viewing year.
Now in its third year, the Film Club will return to French filmmaking with the theme “French Film Beyond Paris.” The group will discuss a set of films by French filmmakers, from the 1950’s to the present, where the setting is outside Paris. This theme will take us cinematically to different regions of France and to other Francophone settings, including locations that are rarely if ever visited by tourists, and in the case of older films, are now lost to the past. The viewing program will be composed mostly of filmmakers that were not seen and discussed in the first year. So as a project, “French Film Beyond Paris” will explore less known (and unknown) terrain, seen with a fresh cinematic perspective.
Please note that all meetings of the Film Club will be held virtually on Zoom.
The Athenæum is deeply grateful to our wonderful volunteer leaders. Please note library reading groups are not classes or courses, but rather a way for individuals to discuss readings together, guided by both expert and amateur enthusiasts. Participants should expect discussion-based, not lecture-style meetings.