Capital Celluloid 2021 — Day 167: Sat Oct 30

Seven Days … Seven Nights (Brook, 1960): Close-Up Film Centre, 8.15pm

This screening is part of a Jean-Paul Belmondo season at Close-Up Cinema. You can find all the details of the season here.

Moderate and songlike” – a musical tempo, but also an apt descriptor of this moody, deliberate drama co-scripted by Duras from her novel. Jeanne Moreau won Best Actress at Cannes for her haunting portrayal of a wife and mother whose husband is the chief employer of their steel town near Bordeaux. Her life consists of little more than shuttling their son to piano lessons, until one day, mid-sonata, she hears a scream. Before long she’s conducting a murder investigation with one of her husband’s workers (Jean-Paul Belmondo), unleashing her own morbid impulses and perhaps a private death wish. Theatre giant Peter Brook’s restrained direction casts rare moments of intensity in relief, and Armand Thirard’s crisp cinematography conveys the desolation of life in a windswept town where “summer never comes.” Film at Lincoln Center

Here (and above) is an extract.

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