Amour Fou

The French have a term for it, for the impossible, absolute, self-punishing and strange love that ignites and, like a nitrate print in flames, cannot be extinguished. Amour fou has been a perennial subject of French cinema and especially those filmmakers closely aligned with the Surrealists who found in rapturous mad love a sublime expression of the creative spirit. Inspired in part by the recent restoration of Buñuel’s L’Age d’Or by the Cinémathèque Française, presented now in its full seventy-five minute version, as well as the atavistic celebration of Valentine’s Day, whose own dark origins have been furtively repressed, the Harvard Film Archive offers a selection of classic films plunging deep into the dark, giddy depths of amorous delirium.

Current and upcoming programs

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Cinema of Resistance

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Weekend Matinee

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Find Without Seeking. The Films of Angela Schanelec

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Silent Hitchcock

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The Films and Videos of Richard Serra

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Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project

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Self-Destruction Cinema. The Films of Tetsuya Mariko

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Patricio Guzmán's Chile Trilogy