The French New Wave films of the 1950s and 1960s had a profound impact on cinema, including the work of Hong Kong filmmakers who, decades later, put their own spin on the movement’s style and themes. From December 4th through December 10th, Row House Cinema will focus on the two eras with French vs. Hong Kong New Wave, a week of select films from key New Wave figures Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Pierre Melville, Wong Kar-wai and John Woo. As a bonus, the theater will also host two nights of French and Cantonese cuisine with goods from local vendors.
On December 4th, Row House will kick off the series with Coffee and French Cinema. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., the theater will sell coffee from Espresso a Mano to complement screenings of Godard’s Made in U.S.A. (1966) at 7 p.m. and Melville’s Le Cercle Rouge at 9 p.m. Made in U.S.A. stars the beautiful Anna Karina as a woman investigating the death of her lover in Atlantic City. Inspired by the 1946 noir classic The Big Sleep, the offbeat mystery features a cameo by British pop icon, Marianne Faithfull.
Released in 1970, Le Cercle Rouge follows an ex-con (Alain Delon) who plans a jewel heist with an escaped murderer (Gian Maria Volonte) and a corrupt policeman (Yves Montand).
On December 10th, Row House concludes the week with a tribute to both movements, French Beer vs. Hong Kong Dumplings. The evening will feature French brews from Atlas Bottle Works and Cantonese pork dumplings from Lawrenceville restaurant The Vandal at 6:30 p.m., followed by a screening of Wong Kar-wai’s 1995 existential crime film Fallen Angels at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets for French Beer vs. Hong Kong Dumplings are $19 and are available for purchase at the Row House website. The French vs. Hong Kong New Wave series will also include screenings of the 1989 John Woo action film The Killer. Visit the Row House website for additional showtimes and details.