Alain Cavalier directed this.
WHAT: Though most books on French film history don't include his name in their indexes, Cavalier is a director of the same generation as the French New Wave filmmakers who has quietly built a career that continues still. This film, his first feature, is also known as Fire And Ice, and stars Romy Schneider and Jean-Louis Trintignant as a couple whose marriage is threatened by a secret. I'd say more but that would mean having to read more about the film, and I already feel I've read a little too much considering I hope to see it myself for the first time tonight.
WHERE/WHEN: 9:00 tonight only at the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley.
WHY: Perhaps you, like I, missed this film when it screened as part of a PFA retrospective devoted to Cavalier a few years back. Thankfully, retrospectives devoted to directors are not the only kind mounted by the Berkeley venue even if they're the most numerous. Over the next few weeks a tribute to actor Jean-Louis Trintignant continues to alternate with ongoing explorations of directors Alfred Hitchcock, Werner Schroeter, Jean Rouch, and, starting tomorrow, Spain's classic comedy maestro Luis García Berlanga. I've already written about how the Trintignant series provides opportunities to see great work made by great directors, but tonight's program reminds me how an actor-centric retrospective can be a way to catch up with films shown in director retros I may have missed, as well as providing chances to sample films made by directors who haven't received a retrospective there yet, like Dino Risi (whose Il Sorpasso also screens tonight) or Claude Lelouch (whose A Man and a Woman appears this Saturday).
HOW: 35mm print.