Their 'Watching the Classics' lecture series with Professor Richard Pena continues on May 26 with a focus on Jean Renoir's masterpiece 'The Crime of Monsieur Lange' - a celebration of the power of ordinary citizens to determine their own fate.
To get the most from the programme, participants are recommended to view the films before each session, and all are readily available through various popular streaming services. After registering, participants in Qatar may request an appointment to view the featured film at their offices by emailing [email protected]
Unlike Hollywood, France never developed large companies that dominated the film industry; instead, there were literally hundreds of small producers, which allowed filmmakers to experiment with form and subject. Son of the famous Impressionist painter, Jean Renoir had a period of almost unmatched creativity in the Thirties, developing a style that depended on large group compositions and camera movement.
After a string of successes, Renoir was approached by a radical theater group to adapt their play, In the Courtyard, to the screen; collaborating with poet Jacques Prévert, Renoir greatly expanded the original, chronicling the formation of a workers’ cooperative by a publishing house and a laundry. But when a threat to end the cooperative appears, a decision to defend it must be made. Filmed just as the left-wing Popular Front was coming to power, the film is a celebration of the power of ordinary citizens to determine their own fate.
This program is open to applicants over the age of 18. The sessions are best suited for those with some knowledge of filmmaking and who wish to expand their understanding of film history.
Source and image credit: DFI
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