Capital Celluloid 2018 - Day 11: Thu Jan 11

The Lovers on the Bridge (Carax, 1991): Close-Up Cinema, 7.30pm

This 35mm screening is part of the Leos Carax season at Close-Up Cinema. Full details here. The film is also being shown on December 29th.

Chicago Reader review:
This 1992 French feature by Leos Carax (
Boy Meets Girl, Bad Blood) could be the great urban expressionist fantasy of the 90s: like Sunrise and Lonesome in the 20s and Playtime and Alphaville in the 60s, it uses a city's physical characteristics to poetically reflect the consciousness of its characters. Carax daringly and disconcertingly begins the film as a documentary portrait of the homeless in Paris, but it becomes a delirious love story between two people (Denis Lavant and Juliette Binoche) who live on one of Paris's most famous bridges and experience the whole city as a kind of enchanted playground, a vision that reaches an explosive apotheosis during a fireworks display over the Seine. To realize his lyrical and monumental vision Carax built a huge set in the French countryside that depicted Pont-Neuf and its surroundings, making this one of the most expensive French productions ever mounted, not to mention Carax's best work to date.
Jonathan Rosenbaum

Here (and above) is a trailer.

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