Danielle Darrieux Bundle - IFI French Film Festival 2021
Watch Madame de… and Beating Heart as part of the IFI French Film Festival 2021.
We are delighted to present rare screenings of films with actress Danielle Darrieux. From her first part in Wilhelm Thiele’s 1931 Le Bal, when she was only 14, to her last television film in 2010 at the age of 93, the beautiful Danielle Darrieux (1917-2017) had an extraordinary long and successful career.
The films presented here offer glimpses of her talent at key moments in her career. The witty, American-style romantic comedy Battement de cœur (1940), directed by Darrieux’s first husband Henri Decoin, crowned her first period as most popular female star of French cinema. The costume film Madame de… (1953), one of Max Ophuls’s masterpieces, showcases her sophisticated charm in the title role. In Jacques Demy’s musical Les Demoiselles de Rochefort (1967) (in-cinema only), as Catherine Deneuve and Françoise Dorléac’s glamorous mother, she also displays her lovely singing voice.
Each film is introduced by Ginette Vincendeau, Professor of Film Studies at King’s College London. She has written widely on popular French cinema. Among her books are Pépé le Moko (BFI, 1998), Stars and Stardom in French Cinema (2000), Jean-Pierre Melville: An American in Paris (2003), La Haine (2005), Brigitte Bardot (2013). She is co-Chief General Editor of French Screen Studies and currently completing a monograph on Claude Autant-Lara.
This programme is organised with the support of the Institut Français, Paris and the French Embassy in Ireland. A very special thanks to Ginette Vincendeau, BFI, Criterion, Gaumont Classics and Mk2.