Otto Preminger at the Cinémathèque Française

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Getting the back-to-school season off to a promising start, the Cinémathèque Française is offering us the likes of ‘Anatomy of a Murder’, ‘Lady Windermere’s Fan’, ‘The Man With a Golden Arm’ (Frank Sinatra in his best role), ‘River of No Return’ (Robert Mitchum and Marylin Monroe) or the incomparable ‘Laura’, all part of an (almost comprehensive) retrospective of director Otto Preminger’s work.

Moving, violent and sometimes paradoxical, Preminger’s films are difficult to pin down. Among the great classic filmmakers, the Austro-Hungarian is also known for his intransigent artistic sensibilities (which eventually pushed him to produce his own films) and pig-headed stubbornness. Overall, his dense and heterogenous oeuvre doesn’t immediately show the same kind of coherence of those of, say, Ernst Lubitsch or Jean Renoir – which is precisely what makes this homage so interesting.

Films in English with French subtitles. For the full programme, click here.

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