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'Les Blondes': Alliance Francaise de Brisbane's Classic Film Festival

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Alliance Francaise de Brisbane announces the 'une fabuleuse' selection for its 2016 Classic Film Festival being held from 2 to the 4 September, 2016 at the Palace Barracks Cinemas, 61 Petrie Terrace, Brisbane.

'Les Blondes' is the Festival's theme and celebrates the work of five timeless actresses in iconic French films from 1952 to 1975.

The Festival features the incredible cinematic splendour and talents of Brigitte Bardot, Catherine Deneuve, Jean Seberg, Romy Schneider and Simone Signoret in a compilation of classical and iconic films of the French cinema.

The 2016 Alliance Francaise Classic Film Festival features renowned titles from STUDIOCANAL's archive vault in Paris. Each film will screen once over the weekend providing you with a window to go back in time and be transported by these classics.

Session prices range from $16.30 to $36.30 so select one or all of these fabulous films and purchase your tickets by clicking on the film titles of your choice.

Friday, 2 September, 2016; 6.15pm

Lovers Like Us
Alliance Française, Classic Flim Festival, 2016, Brisbane, Barracks Cinema, French culture, film
Your ticket gives you entry to the opening function commencing at 6.15 pm with the screening on the film to commence at 7.00 pm.

This adventurous 1975 romantic comedy, directed by Jean-Paul Rappeneau and staring Catherine Deneuve, Yves Montand, Vernon Dobtcheff, Luigi Vannucchi and Tony Roberts showcases the talents of Deneuve and Montand amidst the exotic backdrop of Venezuela.

Martin (Montand), a perfume creator, leaves the stress of Parisian life to live out his days on an island paradise. In Caracas, he meets the dazzling Nelly (Deneuve) who has just broken off her engagement and is searching for freedom. Chaotic comedy ensues as the two move from antagonism to fondness and Martin's dream of the solitary island life drifts further and further from reality.

Saturday, 3 September, 2016; 4.30pm

Breathless (À Bout de Souffle)
Alliance Française, Classic Flim Festival, 2016, Brisbane, Barracks Cinema, French culture, film
Released in 1960 this dramatic romantic film, directed by Jean-Luc Godard and starring Jean Seberg, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Henri-Jacques Huet, Liliane Dreyfus and Claude Mansard Breathless is cool, raw and existential. This black and white masterpiece captures the sheer joie de vivre of young love in a style unparalleled at its time.

Breathless tells the tale of Michel (Belmondo) who mimics the film persona of Humphrey Bogart and takes what he wants when he wants it. He kills a policeman while stealing a car. Fleeing to Paris he reunites with the pregnant and impressionable, Patricia (Seberg). As Patricia struggles to become a journalist in Paris, she develops an increasing affection for Michel.

Saturday, 3 September, 2016; 6.30pm

Cesar and Rosalie (César et Rosalie)
Alliance Française, Classic Flim Festival, 2016, Brisbane, Barracks Cinema, French culture, film
This 1972 romantic drama, directed by Claude Sautet and starring Romy Schneider, Yves Montand, Sami Frey, Umberto Orsini, Isabelle Huppert and Bernard Le Coq tells the story of a classic ménage a trois in an intelligent and nuanced manner.

Rosalie (Schneider) lives in Normandy with her child and divides her time between Cesar's and her mother's homes. Everybody likes Rosalie who is beautiful, multilingual and free spirited and Rosalie loves Cesar, a self-made scrap metal magnate. But Rosalie's world is turned upside down when her old flame, David, an artist, reappears in her life.

Cesar and David vie with each other for Rosalie's affection creating some unforeseen results.

Sunday, 4 September, 2016; 4.30pm

Casque d'Or (Helmet of Gold)
Alliance Française, Classic Flim Festival, 2016, Brisbane, Barracks Cinema, French culture, film
Director Jacques Becker's evocative film of a story of an impossible and ill-fated love was inspired by the violent criminal underworld of early 20th century Paris.

Set perfectly in La Belle Époque, this 1952 drama starring Simone Signoret, Serge Reggiani, Claude Dauphin, Gaston Modot and Paul Barge tells the story of Marie (Signoret), who, because of her distinctive blonde is hair nicknamed, Casque d'Or, by her gangster lover, Roland. The drama unfolds in a dancehall on the banks of the Marne, where Marie is introduced to the handsome stranger, George (Reggiani), much to Roland's chagrin. Marie and George fall instantly in love and their passion triggers an underworld rivalry that rapidly descends into conflict, treachery and murder.

Sunday, 4 September, 2016; 6.30pm

Viva Maria!
Alliance Française, Classic Flim Festival, 2016, Brisbane, Barracks Cinema, French culture, film
Starring the incomparable Brigitte Bardot, this comedic adventure was directed by Louis Malle and released in 1965. Other cast members include, Jeanne Moreau, Paulette Dubost, Claudio Brook and George Hamilton.

Set in a fictitious 1907 Central American country of 'San Miguel' this extravagant French western portrays a story of two women named Maria. Maria I (Bardot) as the daughter of a life-long anarchist who has spent her life blowing up bridges and police stations. Maria 1 is taken on as the protégé of Maria 2 (Moreau), a dancer in a travelling vaudeville show.

Things start to heat up when the two Marias meet Florès (Hamilton), a socialist revolutionary. Both women become moved by the plight of the peasants and decide to jump on the revolutionary bandwagon.

Viva Maria! is a full blown farcical, eccentric and undeniably sexy sceptical.

For more information on the Alliance Francaise de Brisbane's Classic Film Festival or to discover some of the other great activities available through the Alliance check out the web page here or contact Alliance Française de Brisbane at 262 Montague Road, West End by telephone on 3844 4460 or email at
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Why? Enjoy a weekend of classical French entertainment.
When: Friday 2 September until Sunday 4 September, 2016
Phone: 3844 4460
Where: Palace Barracks Cinemas, 61 Petrie Terrace, Brisbane
Cost: Ticket prices range from $16.30 to $36.30
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