Screening on Film
Directed by Georges Franju.
With Channing Pollock, Francine Bergé, Edith Scob.
France/Italy, 1963, 35mm, black & white, 98 min.
French with English subtitles.
Print source: Institut Français

Taking the title, characters and dramatic atmosphere of a famous 1916 serial directed by Louis Feuillade, Georges Franju celebrates the resources of a genre of cinema little practiced in France—the fantastic—and pays homage to the formal creations of the silent age, particularly to expressionism. As such, the film bears witness to the major role of this then-nascent practice, cinephilia, and the importance of references to the early days of cinema in the quest for modernity.


  • La première nuit

    Directed by Georges Franju.
    With Pierre Devis, Lisbeth Persson.
    France, 1958, DCP, black & white, 23 min.
    No dialogue.
    DCP source: Tamasa

Exploring the expressive resources of forms and sounds, without dialogue, the man who co-founded the Cinémathèque française transforms the wandering of a child in the Paris subway into a beautiful, magical and disturbing fantasy.


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