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Frederick Wiseman – La Comédie-Française ou L’amour joué

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Feb 26, 2016
Feb 26, 2016
Elebash Recital Hall
Comedie 2

Photo courtesy of Zipporah

11:00am – 3:00pm
Frederick Wiseman – La Comédie-Française ou L’amour joué (France/US, 1996)
223 minutes | Elebash Recital Hall (180 seats)
French with English subtitles

La Comédie-Française is the oldest continuous repertory company in the world, founded in Paris in the late 17th century. This is the first time a documentary film-maker has been allowed to look at all the aspects of the work of this great theatrical company. Sequences in the film include sections of plays, casting, set and costume design, administrative meetings and rehearsals, and performances of four classic French plays, Don Juan by Molière, La Thebaide by Racine, La Double Inconstance by Marivaux and Occupe-toi d’Amelie by Feydeau.

Fred Wiseman by Gretje Ferguson

Photo by Gretje Ferguson

Frederick Wiseman has made 40 documentaries and 2 fiction films. Among his documentaries are Titicut Follies, Welfare, Public Housing, Near Death, La Comédie Française Ou L’amour Joué, La Danse—Le Ballet De L’opéra De Paris, At Berkeley, and most recently In Jackson Heights. His documentaries are dramatic, narrative films that seek to portray the joy, sadness, comedy, and tragedy of ordinary experience. He has won numerous awards including four Emmys, a MacArthur Prize Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Commandeur de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. His films have played in theatres and been broadcast on television in many countries. He is also a theatre director and has directed The Last Letter, based on a chapter of Vasily Grossman’s novel Life And Fate, and Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days at the Comédie Française. He is an Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.