The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced the Retrospective section of the 54th New York Film Festival, an ambitious two-part lineup that is both headlined and directly inspired by Bertrand Tavernier’s documentary “My Journey Through French Cinema.” NYFF will screen Tavernier’s doc — which clocks in at a hefty and informative 190 minutes — along with a selection of French classics that feature prominently in the film. Additionally, NYFF will play home to a 12-film exploration of the films of Henry Hathaway, one of Tavernier’s favorite American directors. What follows is a feast of French cinema and a crash course in the works of Hathaway.
Highlights of the “A Brief Journey Through French Cinema” section, as it’s being quite charmingly billed, include Jean Renoir’s revolutionary epic “La Marsellaise,” Robert Bresson’s first film “Angels of Sin,” Jacques Becker’s post–World War II comedy “Antoine and Antoinette,” Julien Duvivier’s “Deadlier Than the Male,” Jean-Pierre Melville’s Cocteau adaptation “Les enfants terribles” and Tavernier’s own “Safe Conduct.” Cohen Media Group will release “My Journey Through French Cinema” early next year.
Hathaway made his bones during the silent era, assisting directors like Josef von Sternberg and Victor Fleming, eventually going to direct 52 of his own films. Hathaway spanned genres in a way that’s truly inspiring, and he was also a big believer in shooting on location and crafting complex and creative visual effects. His films on offer at this year’s NYFF provide a satisfying and wide-ranging look at his impressively vast and ambitious career.
These titles join the festival’s previously announced galas, including Ava DuVernay’s “The 13th” (Opening Night), Mike Mills’ “20th Century Women” (Centerpiece) and James Gray’s “The Lost City of Z” (Closing Night).
The festival runs September 30 – October 16.
A Brief Journey Through French Cinema
“My Journey Through French Cinema,” Directed by Bertrand Tavernier, France, 2016, 190m
“Angels of Sin / Les anges du péché,” Directed by Robert Bresson, France, 1943, 96m, French with English subtitles
“Antoine and Antoinette / Antoine et Antoinette,” Directed by Jacques Becker, France, 1947, 78m, French with English subtitles
“Deadlier Than the Male / Voici le temps des assassins,” Directed by Julien Duvivier, France, 1956, 113m, French with English subtitles
Courtesy of Janus Films
“Les enfants terribles,” Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville, France, 1950, 106m, French with English subtitles
“La Marseillaise,” Directed by Jean Renoir, France, 1938, 132m, French with English subtitles
“Safe Conduct / Laissez-passer,” Directed by Bertrand Tavernier, France/Germany/Spain, 2002, 170m, French with English subtitles
“23 Paces to Baker Street,” Directed by Henry Hathaway, USA, 1956, 103m
“The Dark Corner,” Directed by Henry Hathaway, USA, 1946, 99m
“Down to the Sea in Ships,” Directed by Henry Hathaway, USA, 1949, 120m
“Fourteen Hours,” Directed by Henry Hathaway, USA, 1951, 92m
“From Hell to Texas,” Directed by Henry Hathaway, USA, 1958, 100m
Courtesy of 20th Century Fox
“Garden of Evil,” Directed by Henry Hathaway, USA/Mexico, 1951, 103m
“Kiss of Death,” Directed by Henry Hathaway, USA, 1947, 98m
“Niagara,” Directed by Henry Hathaway, USA, 1953, 98m
“North to Alaska,” Directed by Henry Hathaway, USA, 1960, 122m
“Rawhide,” Directed by Henry Hathaway, USA, 1951, 89m
“The Shepherd of the Hills,” Directed by Henry Hathaway, USA, 1941, 98m
“Spawn of the North,” Directed by Henry Hathaway, USA, 1938, 110m