Block Cinema’s spring series celebrating Paris––the City of Lights–– in early June with three films from the 1960s and 1980s directed by Martin Ritt and Eric Rohmer.
“Paris Belongs to Us: The City of Light in Film” toasts a city which has sparked the imagination of filmmakers for more than a century. Since cinema’s earliest days, Paris has served as an iconic backdrop, vibrant social milieu and gritty locale for every kind of film and story possible.
“Paris Blues,” Friday, June 1, at 7 p.m. at the Block Cinema.One of famed director Martin Ritt’s (“Hud,” “Sounder,” “Norma Rae”) earliest films, “Paris Blues” stars Paul Newman and Sidney Poitier as American jazz musicians living in Paris. After falling for two vacationing Americans played by Joanne Woodward and Diahann Carroll, the two men must decide whether to leave the broader cultural acceptance of jazz and the more tolerant racial attitude in France, or return to the U.S. with their new loves. (Martin Ritt, United States, 35 mm, 95 minutes).
“The Sign of Leo” (“Le signe du lion”), Thursday, June 7, at 7 p.m. at the Block Cinema.
Rohmer’s debut feature focuses on Leo, an American living on modest means in Paris until he learns of an inheritance and begins spending large sums of money, to disastrous results. Rarely screened and long unavailable in the U.S., “The Sign of Leo” contains one of the most memorable final scenes in French cinema. Archival 35 mm print courtesy of the Institut Francais. (Eric Rohmer, 1962, France, 35 mm, 100 minutes).
“Summer” (“Le rayon vert”), 7 p.m. Friday, June 8, Block Cinema.
In the heat of summer most Parisians flee the city, but Delphine finds herself unhappily stranded when her travel plans fall through. Wandering between Paris and several resort towns in search of the perfect getaway, her loneliness threatens to overwhelm her as she struggles to connect with others in a meaningful way. Marie Riviere who collaborated on the story, puts in a poignant performance in the lead role.(Eric Rohmer, 1986, France, 35 mm, 98 minutes).
At The Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, located at 40 Arts Circle Drive, on Northwestern University’s Evanston campus.
Tickets are $6 for the general public or $4 for; Block Museum members, Northwestern staff and any students; seniors aged 65 and older with an ID. For more information call the Block Cinema Hotline at 847-491-4000, or visit their website at www.blockmuseum.northwestern.edu/block-cinema. Free parking is available in the lot directly south of the museum.