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Adieu Philippine

Screening on Film
Directed by Jacques Rozier.
With Jean-Claude Aimini, Daniel Descamps, Stefania Sabatini.
France/Italy, 1962, 35mm, black & white, 106 min.
French with English subtitles.
Print source: HFA

When Cahiers du Cinéma devoted a special issue to the New Wave in December 1962, an image from this film appeared on the cover. A simple story of a seductive relationship between a young man and two young women, Jacques Rozier's first feature film perfectly embodies the spirit of freedom of this cinematographic movement. It synthesizes the energy, the physical and erotic intensity of the awakening of the youth, but also the mobilization of documentary resources—the gestures, the language, the city—and attention to events of the moment, in particular the Algerian War.

PRECEDED BY

  • Blue Jeans

    Directed by Jacques Rozier.
    With René Ferro, Francis de Peretti, Elisabeth Klar.
    France, 1958, DCP, black & white, 22 min.
    French with English subtitles.
    DCP source: MK2

Three years before Adieu Philippine, Rozier's second short film is an inventive sketch shot with a light camera along the beaches of Cannes. A flirtatious relationship between two boys and two girls crystallizes the signs of the time and the freedom of direction that its author embraced from the start.

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