Sunday, 15 May 2011

Capital Celluloid - Day 138: Thursday May 19

Les Enfants Terribles (Melville, 1949): Phoenix Cinema, 11am

The Phoenix in East Finchley is excelling with its Thursday morning film classics season and here is a chance to see what many consider to be one of the great Jean Pierre Melville's finest movies, an adaptation of Jean Cocteau's novel about the claustrophobic and quasi-incestuous relationship of a brother and sister.

Here is the Chicago Reader review:

'Jean Cocteau selected Jean-Pierre Melville to direct the 1949 film version of his novel on the basis of Melville's only previous film, Le silence de la mer. Working closely with Cocteau, Melville developed a location-based style that eventually became one of the strongest influences on the directors of the New Wave generation. The story of Les enfants terribles is typically Cocteau: two adolescents (Nicole Stephane and Edouard Dhermitte), willfully cutting themselves off from the adult world, bind themselves together through a series of strange, enigmatic games—which end in incest and death.'  In French with subtitles. 102 min.

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