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Claude Sautet: A French Classic

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A successful and popular director in his home country, Claude Sautet (Classe tous risques) has never had the auteur reputation or cache as the directors of the French New Wave, who were his contemporaries. But Sautet had few peers when it came to crafting beautifully scaled, nuanced and deeply understanding dramas of human relations—moving qualities that are on display in this retrospective.

A Bad Son

Claude Sautet France, 1980

We conclude our Claude Sautet retrospective with another incisive yet tender cinematic gift. In A Bad Son this great chronicler of French society focuses on a working class family, and the attempted rehabilitation of their son, to challenge contradictions of masculinity and society at large.

Vincent, François, Paul and the Others

Claude Sautet Italy, 1974

Next in our retrospective devoted to Claude Sautet is one of the French director’s mega-hits at home. A trio of middle-aged men (Yves Montand, Michel Piccoli, Serge Reggiani) face mid-life crises in a prototypical drama of the era. With Gérard Depardieu as the young man they all wish they could be!

César and Rosalie

Claude Sautet France, 1972

A fiery romance turns to a love triangle in another underrated film by Claude Sautet. Revising a familiar scenario of doomed love and romantic indecision, Sautet executes his tale with wisdom and complexity in regards to gender and relationship politics. These are characters you won’t soon forget.

Max and the Junkmen

Claude Sautet France, 1971

A success in his home country, director Claude Sautet has never had the auteur reputation of his contemporaries (the French New Wave!). We hope to help some with a 4-film retrospective devoted to this nuanced dramatist. We begin with a sinister policier starring Michel Piccoli and Romy Schneider.

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