The Lovers on the Bridge
(Les amants du Pont Neuf)

Screening on Film
Directed by Leos Carax.
With Juliette Binoche, Denis Lavant, Klaus-Michael Grüber.
France, 1991, 35mm, color, 125 min.
French with English subtitles.

Director Leos Carax earned the title of enfant terrible with this ambitious love story set along the banks of the Seine. Denis Lavant and Juliette Binoche portray the two lovers from very different walks of life drawn together by l’amour fou. Of course, Carax was not allowed to film on the actual Pont Neuf bridge so he elected to build a set to scale outside of Paris, causing his film’s budget to skyrocket. The end result was deemed a scandalous failure in Europe and was not released in the U.S. for another seven years. Only recently has Carax’s wild vision become recognized as one of the great works of the new French cinema.

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