Le combat dans l’île

Screening on Film
Directed by Alain Cavalier.
With Romy Schneider, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Henri Serre.
France, 1962, 35mm, black & white, 104 min.
French and English with English subtitles.
Print source: Museum of Modern Art

Hailed at its release by the then-critic Bertrand Tavernier as an exceptional political film, Alain Cavalier's first feature transforms the actions of an extreme right group preparing an attack—inspired by the one aimed at General de Gaulle—into a tense and rigorous thriller: a poetic ballad that owes much to the physical yet otherworldly presence of Jean-Louis Trintignant and the sensual charisma of Romy Schneider.


  • Un Américain

    Directed by Alain Cavalier.
    With Jean Brasseur, Denise de Casabianca.
    France, 1958, 35mm, black & white, 17 min.
    French with English subtitles.

Alain Cavalier's first short film accompanies the Parisian wanderings of an American sculptor with equal sensitivity to the multiplicity of places and tiny events of everyday life and the mood of an artist unable to make his dreams and fantasies real.


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