Austin Film Society presents Mondo Belmondo
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Austin Film Society celebrates the great actor–and wildly popular action star–Jean-Paul Belmondo with a selection of his best work, both high-brow and low.
- July 6 and 8: Breathless - Jean-Luc Godard’s feature debut made Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg stars as they play the parts of beautiful doomed Parisian lovers. It’s hard to overstate the impact of Breathless on cinema history. Dozens of filmmakers were unshackled by Godard’s loose, seemingly untethered style and the international cinema of youth in revolt was born Breathless is a wonderful piece of screen entertainment, and Jean-Paul Belmondo is a fascinating, unique movie presence.
- July 13 and 15: That Man From Rio - Jean-Paul Belmondo is a marvel in this fast-paced, romantic adventure comedy from master genre director Philippe de Broca. Essentially a chase movie that moves from Paris to Rio and up the Amazon, it is so jam-packed with action set-pieces – featuring the fearless Belmondo doing his own stunts – that you barely have a moment to breathe. With Françoise Dorléac and a cast of hundreds. If this doesn’t entertain you, you may be dead.
- July 18 and 24: Leon Morin, Priest - Jean-Pierre Melville was the only filmmaker who understood first-hand the complexity of the wartime resistance effort. A member of the resistance himself, his experiences were directly brought to his early work, Le Silence De La Mer (1949) and more directly to Army Of Shadows, his last work on the subject (1969). Here, he confronts the shifting nature of social mores and ideals in the face of war as he depicts an irresistible priest- Belmondo- and a widow who falls for him– in the setting of the total chaos of a progressing war. Melville’s aversion to telling moral tales makes his wartime stories feel truer and richer.
- July 27 and 29: Le Magnifique - This is a multifaceted comedy about a pulp fiction writer who can barely eke out a living, whose love life is a mess and who fantasizes endlessly about the adventures of reckless spy Bob Sinclair, the hero of his dime novels. The film careens between the mundane life of the novelist and the jet-setting adventures of the imaginary spy, with very witty and revealing results. With Jacqueline Bisset as the woman “both” men are striving to impress.