“French Cinema (Comedy)” at the Alliance Française de Karachi in the month of September 2014. The movie will be screened on every Tuesday at 08:00 pm.
• Tuesday 9 September – 8.00 pm
• LES VISITEURS (The Visitors) • Directed by Jean-Marie Poiré. Starring: Jean Reno, Christian Clavier, ValérieLemercier ; France, 1993, 107 minutes. French with English sb
A medieval nobleman and his squire are accidentally transported to contemporary times by a senile sorcerer. The knight then enlists the aid of his descendent to try to find a way to return home, all the while trying to cope with the cultural and technological changes distinguishing his time from ours...
Thanks to its situations, its scenario, the diversity and humor of its gags, the quality of the actors, The visitors has become a cult film in the genre slapstick comedy. The movie was the Number 1 box office film in France in 1993. Reno and Clavier reprised their roles in a sequel, and the American remake Just Visiting.
• Tuesday 16 September – 8.00 pm
• LA GRANDE VADROUILLE
(Grande Vadrouille, whichremains for many the epitome of French comedy, remained the most successful French film in France until 2008, topping the box office with over 17,200,000 cinema admissions. It is still the third most successful film ever in France, of any nationality, behind Titanic and Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis, both of which were seen by over 20,000,000cinemagoers.
LA GRANDE VADROUILLE: (The Great Stroll. US release: Don’t Look Back...We’re Being Shot At)• Directed by Gérard Oury. Starring: Louis de Funès, Bourvil France, United Kingdom, 1966. 132 minutes. French with English sb
During World War II, two French civilians and a downed British Bomber Crew set out from Paris to cross the demarcation line between Nazi-occupied Northern France and the South. From there they will be able to escape to England. First, they must avoid German troops - and the consequences of their own blunders. Masterpiece of historical comedy, starring two screen legends of French comedy, La
• Tuesday 23 September – 8.00 pm
• BUFFET FROID
• Directed by Bertrand Blier: Starring : Gérard Depardieu, Bernard Blier, Jean Carmet. France, 1979. Duration: 89 minutes. French with English sb
The film begins with Alphonse Tram (Gérard Depardieu) chatting to an accountant who is travelling home late. The accountant is disturbed by this rambling loner, more so when Tram attempts to give him his blood stained knife (in order to reduce the chances of him "doing something silly..."). They argue and the accountant puts the knife on a seat a few feet away behind them. They argue some more and then notice the knife has disappeared...
Later that night, Tram discovers the same man in a tunnel leading from another metro station, lying down with the knife stabbed in to his stomach...
Crime thriller, Buffet Froid is also a black comedy that displays a high degree of grim humor about solitude and dehumanization of the modern world. Bizarre and surreal.