"Pullman Paradis" by Michèle Rosier

Nov 1, 2019 - Dec 23, 2019

The Films of Michèle Rosier at Spectacle

Spectacle Theater

124 S. 3rd St.
Brooklyn, NY 11249 United States

As part of the Brooklyn Falls for France program, Spectacle Theater presents a rare series of films by Michele Rosier, a pioneering fashion designer, journalist, and avowed leftist. The film selection, spanning two decades, offers a glimpse into Rosier's œuvre, which examines facets of French culture and society while delving into feminist themes.

Film Schedule

GEORGE QUI? (GEORGE WHO?)
dir. Michèle Rosier, 1973, 106 mins, France.
In French with English subtitles.
Rosier’s extraordinary feature debut, starring the inimitable Anne Wiazemsky, explores the life of scandalizing 19th century writer George Sand, juxtaposing current-day discussions about Sand’s proto-feminism (as well as her militant opposition to the Paris Communards) with the very real movement for gender equality raging outside the cinemas.
Fri  Nov 1 - 10pm
Tues  Nov 4 - 7:30pm
Sun  Nov 24 - 7:30pm
Fri Dec 13- 7:30 PM with introduction from Hervé Boullaine, longtime friend of Michèle Rosier
Mon Dec 23 - 10 PM

 

MON CŒUR EST ROUGE (MY HEART IS RED)
dir. Michèle Rosier, 1976, 110 mins, France.
In French with English subtitles.
MON CŒUR EST ROUGE, a bruisingly funny cross-examination of second wave feminism and its discontents, stars Françoise Lebrun as Clara, a market research analyst hired by a big cosmetics company to interview women from different walks of life about their makeup-purchasing habits.
Sat  Nov 23 - 5pm
Sun  Nov 24 - 5pm
Tues  Nov 26 - 7:30pm
Thurs Dec 5 - 7:30 PM with introduction from Hervé Boullaine, longtime friend of Michèle Rosier
Wed, Dec 18 - 10 PM

 

UN CAFE UN! (ONE COFFEE, ONE)
dirs. Michele Rosier & Jacques Kebadian, 1982, 40 mins. France.
In French with English subtitles.

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LA FEMME, L’HOMME (THE WOMAN, THE MAN)
dir, Michele Rosier, 1975, 54 mins. France.
In French with English subtitles.
These two short documentaries (both made for French television) demonstrate Rosier’s abiding interest in the lives and careers of ordinary people, her keen eye for human foibles and her undergirding focus on gender inequality. Part of the series  grands jours et jours ordinaires  (big days and ordinary days), UN CAFE UN details a small coffee shop and bistro in Paris over the course of one long working day, while LA FEMME, L’HOMME sees the filmmaker asking women from a variety of personal backgrounds for their opinions on the future of femininity.
Fri Dec 13 – 10 PM
Thurs Dec 19 – 10 PM
Sat Dec 21 – 5 PM

 

MOUSE, YOU ARE HAPPY TODAY (SOURIS, T’ES HEUREUX CE JOUR-LA)
dir. Michele Rosier, 1978, 76 mins. France.
In French with English subtitles.

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SORAYA OF AUBERVILLIERS (SORAYA A AUBERVILLIERS)
dir. Michele Rosier, 2004, 50 mins. France.
In French with English subtitles.
In 1978, Michèle Rosier filmed the marriage of Soraya and Pascal Alvarez in the working-class suburb of Aubervilliers – resulting in a humanist, warmly funny documentary surveying the the entire community and pageantry of the wedding. Thirty-six years later in SORAYA OF AUBERVILLIERS, she wanted to see how their marriage – and the city – had evolved.
Sat Dec 14 – 5 PM
Sat Dec 21 – 3PM
Sun Dec 22 – 5 PM

 

AH! LA LIBIDO
dir. Michele Rosier, 2007, 83 mins. France.
In French with English subtitles.
Whether by intent or coincidence, Rosier’s final feature seems a French riff on Sex and the City, about a quartet of young professional women (journalists working for the newspaper Liberation) as they endure the ecstasies and tribulations of singledom (or not). The film culminates in a bizarre twist ending – after the group has hired a sex worker to challenge some of their more staid mores – whereby one of them realizes she may be happier in a bad relationship with a middle-aged slimeball.
Tues Dec 3 – 10 PM
Fri Dec 6 – 10 PM
Sat Dec 14 – 3 PM

 

EMBRASSE-MOI (HUG ME)
dir. Michèle Rosier, 1987, 93 mins, France.
In French with English subtitles.
The first film shot by legendary cinematographer Darius Khondji (CITY OF LOST CHILDREN, SE7EN) and anchored by a heartbreaking performance by Sophie Rochut, EMBRASSE-MOI is a slice-of-life drama about Louise, an 12-year-old girl left to her own devices over the summer following her parents’ divorce.
Sun  Nov 3 – 7:30pm
Thurs  Nov 14 – 7:30pm
Sat  Nov 23 – 10pm

 

PULLMAN PARADIS
dir. Michèle Rosier, 1995, 99 mins, France.
In French with English subtitles.
A multi-character dramedy in the vein of Robert Altman, PULLMAN PARADIS features a cross-section of tourists, Parisians and daytrippers who board a Pullman bus on a 48-hour journey to Normandy; along the way they all become friends (or enemies) and fall prey to a mass burglary.
Wed Nov 11 - 10pm
Sat Nov 23 - 7:30pm

More information about the selected films, dates, and times can be found  here.


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Michèle Rosier  (1930-2017) was a pioneering fashion designer, a journalist, and an avowed leftist. She also had a 40+ year career behind the camera, directing several documentaries for French television as well as a handful of theatrical features. Rosier’s cumulative body of work is staggering, and the movies bely an utterly idiosyncratic filmmaking sensibility: wryly funny, curious about people, jazz-suffused and forever interrogating the limits of liberation in post-1968 France.

While she’s a known quantity in France, Rosier has never before been given a proper retrospective in the United States. Spectacle will  show these works in a two-part series spread over November and December, with her signature work MON CŒUR EST ROUGE (MY HEART IS RED) screening in a brand new digitization with fresh subtitles translated and timed by Spectacle volunteers.


Spectacle Theater

Spectacle is a collectively run screening space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, established and staffed entirely by hard working, cinema-loving volunteers. Our programming runs seven days a week and encompasses overlooked works, offbeat gems, contemporary art, radical polemics, live performance and more.