Thursday, July 29, 2010

FREE SATURDAY SCREENINGS at CAMERA

July 31st 3:00 PM

LA DOUBLE VIE DE MONSIEUR G.

Dir. Catherine Galodé (France) 13:02 mins.

This film explores the making of and ideas behind Gilbert Garcin’s photographs. In conversation with photographer Christian Ramade and critic Jean-Claude Carbonne, Garcin examines how his work and the character he embodies allows him to lead a “double life.”

Please note: this film is in French with no subtitles.

MON ONCLE

Dir. Jacques Tati (France: 1958), 117 mins.

Monsieur Hulot lives a very different life from his family, the Arpels. His sister, her husband and their son Gerard live in an ultra modern house, equipped with all the latest automated conveniences. They've decorated the property in a minimalist theme and are highly regimented in every aspect of their lives. Gerard enjoys escaping his “un-friendly” reality to spend time with his Uncle M. Hulot who lives a more lackadaisical lifestyle in a smallish apartment in an old building in a more established neighborhood. M. Arpel in particular doesn't like the influence his brother-in-law has on his son. The Arpels try to make M. Hulot, fit in better with themselves and their group of friends. M. Hulot even tries working for his brother-in-law at his factory after much insistence from M. Arpel. Of course nothing works out as planned when M. Hulot is around, either at work or at a social gathering! Perhaps in the end the Arpels can learn more from M. Hulot then the other way around.