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Alliance Française Classic Film Festival 2017

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Jean Paul Belmondo's most renowned films from 1961 to 1974
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This year's Alliance Française Classic Film Festival focusses on the iconic Jean-Paul Belmondo, alias Bébel, and brings you restored versions of his 6 most renowned films between the years of 1961 to 1974. Considered the key figure of the French New Wave, his career of almost 60 years has internationally gathered many an award, including the National Order of the Legion of Honour in 2007 and the National Order of Merit in 2017, in recognition of his influence beyond the confines of cinema.

With just 6 films in 5 cinemas across 4 Australian cities, covering 30 sessions including an Opening Night event in each city; dates and links as follows for schedules, more details and information.

24 to 27 August - SYDNEY
31 August to 3 September - CANBERRA
1 - 3 September - PERTH
12 to 15 October - MELBOURNE

Pierrot Le Fou was the 15th most successful film of the year in France when it was released. Belmondo is amongst the bourgeois elite, but bored with his comfortable life and decided to leave everything behind and run away with the babysitter who happens to be his ex-girlfriend. Things take a turn for the worse when they find themselves on the run from Algerian gangsters; their world turning upside down again when they go looking for an arms trafficker. It's the Opening Night film in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne.

That Man from Rio is a globe-trotting treasure hunt when Belmondo chases after his fiancé all the way to Brazil after she's been abducted. This comedy/thriller was nominated at the 37th Academy Awards for Best Writing, Story and Screenplay.

The rest of the choices: Stavinsky; Léon Morin, Priest ; Doulos: the Finger Man; and Weekend in Dunkirk will provide you with some miraculous cinema, one based on a true story, one ranked in the 500 greatest movies of all time, and some just solidly made and well produced. THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT!

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Why? Alliance Française Classic Film Festival 2017
When: 2017: 24-27 Aug in Sydney; 31 Aug - 3 Sep in Canberra; 1-3 Sep in Perth; 12-15 Oct in Melbourne
Where: Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne & Perth
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