Director’s Series: The Documentaries of Louis Malle (1962-1986)

June 20-27


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Thu, Jul 20 to Thu, Jul 27

Over the course of 40 years, Malle forged a reputation as one of the world’s most versatile cinematic storytellers, with acclaimed and wide-ranging masterpieces. In this series we explore his more personal body of work. With the discerning eye of an artist and the investigatory skills of a journalist, his documentation of everyday life takes us from a street corner in Paris to America’s heartland to the expanses of India.

Vive Le Tour ('62)
This short documentary presents Malle’s energetic evocation of the Tour de France

Calcutta ('69)
When he was cutting this mini-series Phantom India, Malle found that the footage shot in Calcutta was so diverse, intense, and unforgettable that it deserved its own film. The result is at times shocking—a chaotic portrait of a city engulfed in social and political turmoil.

Humain, Top Humain ('73)
A meditative investigation of the inner workings of a French automotive plant.

Place de la République ('74)
An entertaining snapshot of the comings and goings on one street corner in Paris.

God's Country ('85)
In 1979, Malle traveled into the heart of Minnesota to capture the everyday lives of the men and women in a prosperous farming community. Six years later, during Ronald Reagan’s second term, he returned to find drastic economic decline.


Melwood Theater
477 Melwood Ave., North Oakland

Thu: 7:30pm - Vive Le Tour & Humain, Trop Humain
Fri: 7:30pm - God’s Country
Sat: 5:30pm & 7:30pm - Calcutta
Sun: 5:30pm - Vive Le Tour & Humain, Trop Humain
         7:30pm - Place de la République

Harris Theater
809 Liberty Ave. Downtown

Fri: 5:30pm - Vive Le Tour & Humain, Trop Humain
      7:30pm - Place de la République
Sat:  7:00pm & 9:00pm - God’s Country
Sun: 3:30pm & 5:30pm - Calcutta
Mon: 7:00pm - Vive Le Tour & Humain, Trop Humain
Tue: 7:00pm - Place de la République
Wed: 7:00pm - Calcutta
Thu: 7:00pm - God’s Country