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Fifth Avenue at 82nd St, 879 5500

  • Toulouse-Lautrec. The MET will celebrate the short but dramatic career of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901) this summer with an exhibition of more than 100 works. Toulouse-Lautrec will include superb portraits and figures studies in oil and gouache, ink and color chalk drawings of animals and circus subjects, and the famed posters made to publicize Parisian performers and nightspots, including the Moulin-Rouge.
    During the 1890s, Toulouse-Lautrec virtually reinvented lithography, a printmaking medium that had been introduced in France earlier in the century. This exhibition, in celebration of the bicentennial of lithography’s invention, demonstrates Lautrec’s dramatically expressive command of the lithographic medium, which he placed at the center of his art in the service of popular press and the Parisian entertainment industry. His posters and portfolio prints made larger than life the colorful world of Montmartre, whose denizens, portrayed onstage and off, were rendered unforgettable by Lautrec’s exaggerated distortions and acerbic wit. After discovering color lithography to be both the artistic argot of his time and an avenue to recognition, Lautrec dedicated himself to his process for almost a decade, producing, on average, one lithograph every week. Till September 15
  • Bare Witness: Clothing and Nudity: exploring the changing of history of fashion and body perception ntury designers are Madame Grès and Madeleine Vionnet. Costume institute, through August 18.

1109 Fifth Avenue, 212-423-3200

  • Marc Chagall, 1907-1917. An overview of the artist’s earlier career, this exhibition follows Chagall’s life and art from his hometown of Vitebsk to St. Petersburg and to Paris. One hundred works are included: self-portraits, family portraits, depictions of life of Vitebsk, Paris scenes, and Jewish and Christian religious themes. Many works are from private collections and have never before been exhibited in this country.
    Through August 4.

11 West 53 Street, New York, NY 10019 Tel: 212-708-9750

  • Picasso and Portraiture: Representation and Transformation is the first exhibition to study Picasso’s career solely from the perspective of his portraits. Through September 17.


The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater presents
“Le Livre, Le Film: French Screen Adaptations”
June 28-August 8

The Film Society of Lincoln Center is pleased to present “Le Livre, Le Film: French Screen Adaptations”, a selection of 30 French films, based on French novels, plays or short stories, featuring an impressive array of acting and directing talents. From June 28-August 8; the delicate yet demanding art of shaping literary and dramatic works into film, in the rich context of French cinema, will be celebrated at the Walter Reade Theater. All films are doubled-featured except Charterhouse of Parma and The Red and The Black.
The program was organized by Richard Pena and Joanna Ney with special thanks to Bertrand Tavernier for his enthusiasm and encyclopedic knowledge of film and literature; to Benoit Caron, French Cultural services (NYC); Martine Butrolle and Christine Houard, Bureau de Cinema, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Paris); Jacqueline Chambord and Deirdre Mahoney of the Alliance Française; Nicole Jouve of Interama, Richard May of Turner Entertainment, and David J. Grossman of the Film Forum in Philadelphia.

Two archival rarities: the 1948 adaptation of Gigi (90 mn), based one of Colette’s most popular novels, and Poil de Carotte (1932, 94 mn). June 28 and 29; and July 2 with Jules and Jim.
Jean Cocteau’s Les Parents Terribles (1948, 98 mn). July 14 and 15 with Death in the Garden. Beauty and The Beast (1946, 95mn) is Cocteau’s haunting, surreal adaptation of Marie Leprince de Beaumont’s 1757 fairy tale. August 5 on a double-bill with a new 35 mm print of Georges Franjus’ horror classic Eyes Without a Face (1959, 90 mn).
Jean Renoir’s classic La Bête Humaine (1938, 90 mn). July 22 and 23 with Thérèse Duqueyroux.
Marcel Carné’s rarely shown Thérèse Raquin (1953, 106 mn). July 1 with Boule de suif.
René Clément’s Gervaise (1956, 116 mn). July 16 and 17 with Douce.
Also: Jeux Interdits (Forbidden Games) (1952, 102 mn). July 7 and 8 with Diary of a Country Priest.
Jacques Becker’s last film: Le Trou (1959, 123 mn). July 24 and 25 with Goupi-Mains-Rouges.
Claude Autant-Lara’s Douce (1943, 106 mn). July 16 and 17.
Bertrand Tavernier’s Un Dimanche à la Campagne (Sunday in the Country) (1984, 94 mn. July 18 and 21 with The Clockmaker by Georges Simenon.
Christian-Jaque’s Boule de Suif (Ball of Fat) (1945, 90 mn) adaptation of Guy de Maupassant. July 1.
Le Plaisir (1952, 97 mn) based on de Maupassant’s “The Mask,” “The House of Madame Tellier,” and “The Model.” July 9 and 10 with Chabrol’s Madame Bovary.
Christian Jaque’s Charterhouse of Parma (1948, 170 mn). August 7 & 8.
Claude Autant-Lara’s The Red and The Black (1954, 170 mn). July 6. Separate admissions on these two films only.
Jean Pierre Melville’s Léon Morin, Prêtre (1961, 118 mn). July 5.
Luis Bunuel’s La Mort en ce Jardin (Death in the Garden) (1956, 104 mn). July 14 and 15.
The Walter Reade Theater is located at 165 West 65th Street, plaza level. Tickets prices are as follows: $8.00 for the public, $5 for Film Society Members, $4 for senior citizens during weekday matinées. Group sales are available through the box office 1:30 p, to 15 mn after the last show begins.
For schedule information, the box office number is (212) 875-5600.
Tickets may now be purchased through Moviefone by calling 777-FILM. Dial 777-FILM for showtimes and advance tickets sales-up to one week before the screening, then press # to bypass the commercial message. Press the Walter Theater Express Code, #954, and enter your credit card number. There will be a $1.25 service charge per ticket.


MAN RAY: RUE FEROU (1951-1976), works from the artist’s prolific later years in Paris studio on the rue Férou. Through August 30.
Zabriskie Gallery, 41 East 57th Street, (212) 752-1223.

NYU to host Beckett Symposia
in conjunction with The Beckett Festival
At Lincoln Center, Summer 96

For the fist time in America, Lincoln Center Festival 96 will present all 19 of Samuel Beckett’s stage works-from the full-length Waiting for Godot, Krapp’s Last Tape, Happy Days, and Endgame to the 121-word Come and Go, from July 29 through August 11.

The Beckett Symposia, organized by Beckett scholar Thomas Bishop, Florence Gould Professor of French Literature at NYU, chair, Center for French Civilization and Culture, and expert in avant-garde French theatre, will feature three major events-two round tables and one evening of poetry readings-and seven individual presentations at Lincoln Center.

The Beckett Symposia have been organized under the direction of Professor Bishop who won an OBIE award for service to Off-Broadway Theatre in 1978 for organizing a month-long Beckett Festival at NYU. A past president of the Samuel Beckett Society, Bishop has written extensively about him. Bishop’s newest book, From the left Bank: Reflection on Modern French Theatre and Fiction, is scheduled to be released this fall by the NYU Press.

The Beckett Symposia will include:
Two roundtables, including “Beckett and the 20th Century Theatre” and “Beckett and Ireland“. Each roundtable will be scheduled for two hours and will include five speakers. “Beckett and the 20th Century Theatre” will take an in-depth look at Beckett’s place in the century from the point of view of theatre. The session will be chaired by Professor Bishop and include playwright Edward Albee; director Pierre Chabert; Mel Gussow of The New York Times; Robert Scanlan, American Repertory Theatre; and Robert Knowlson, University of Reading.
The Center for French Civilization and Culture is the most compréhensive American academic complex devoted to the culture of France, past and present, and incoporates NYU’s four significant spheres of activity in french Studies including the Institute of French Studies, La Maison Française, NYU in France and the department of French.

NYU and Lincoln Center’s Kaplan Penthouse
July 25-Beckett Symposia will run through August 10.
Free. For information, call 212-998-8705.


WNYE-TV CHANNEL 25: 7 p.m, retransmission du Journal de 20 Heures (France 2).
CHANNEL 65: un programme français quotidien, TV5, du lundi au vendredi, de 5:30 à 7:30 p.m.
CHANNEL 75: Bouillon de culture, hosted by Bernard Pivot.
Thu. at 8 a.m, 12, 4 & 8 p.m; Sat. at 12:30 p.m, Sun. at 6:30 p.m.
CUNY-TV: Channel 75 citywide.

RFI Radio France International. WNYE 91.5 FM. Broadcast from France. 6.30-9 am. Sat. Sun 6:30-10 am. Evenings: 11pm-1 am.



Alliance Française d’Hartford,
233 Pearl Street, Hartford, CT06103 693 8549 Fax 693-1540


LES PARAPLUIES DE CHERBOURG (Umbrellas of Cherbourg)
This classic film from 1964 has been meticulously restoredin breathtaking color and Dolby stereo sound. In 1964 “Umbrellas” won the Cannes film Festival and five academy award nominations. Catherine Deneuve’s portrayal of Genevière, the role created for her by director and screewriter Jacques Demy, won her international acclaim at the age of 18. It is a love story in song covering four seasons and was filmed entirely in Cherbourg with local residents as extras. Seventy-five tons of snow were needed for the winter scenes. (91 mn). July 7 Sunday 2:30 pm.

Mathieu Kassovitz wrote and directed this troubling film about crime, violence and the dead-end future of young men who are victims of their situations. La Haine is the best known as “banlieue” films, a reference to their settings in the suburbs of Paris, in the volatile, interracial, housing projects there. As the friends wander the streets and roam in and out of their homes, the films assumes the rambling structure of cinema vérité as well its lifelike intensity. (95 mn). August 11 Sunday 2:30 pm.



August 6-27, Conversation
Tuesday, 11am to 1pm.
Fee: $115 ($90 for members) for each course

Beginner & Intermediate:

The following classes use the widely acclaimed video series French in Action filmed in Paris and the French countryside. Fee: $145 ($120 for members) 12 hour courses.
July 1-24, Beginner:
Monday & Wednesday 5:30 to 7:30pm or 10am to noon
July 1-24, Beginner:
July 2-25, Intermediate:
Tuesday & Thursday 5:30 to 7:30pm
August 5-18, Beginner
August 6-29, Intermediate


The French artist Alexandre Mittelmann will hold a reception for his art, music and video show at Ellen Traut Gallery, 635 Farmington Avenue, Hartford, on Friday, July 5, 5:30-8:00 pm, and at West Harford Art League Clubhouse Gallery, 37 Buena Vista Road, in West Hartford on Friday August 2 5:00-8:00 pm.
This is an exceptional artistic event and the artist’s first exhibition in the US. The art show combines art works, electronic music, strobe lights, and video projection to complement the artist’s two and three dimensional art works. Schocking, sensual, heartbreaking, the artist’s explosion of colors is a soul-searching experience in which Sons et Lumières reflect his joie de vivre.

July 14 Sunday 4:30 pm
Célébrons le 14 Juillet!
Chez les Mittelmann
98 Mountain Road, West Harford


Alliance Française de San Francisco 1345 Bush Street (at Polk) (415) 775-7755 RSVP by calling: (415) 775-7755.

Paintings of Berkeley artist Jean-Paul Bourdier.

Bourdier’s art explores a nether world of reverie and wonder where dichotomies merge. His self-described “dreamscapes,” vibrating with environmental colors, celebrate the flat elements of design and reveal a craftsman on a quest to create an art that can house the modern soul.
Bourdier is an international authority on traditional dwellings and has been the recipient of many fellowships, including a Guggenheim and grants from the Getty Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. He lives in Berkeley and teach architecture at the University of California. Open to the public and free.
June 6 through the end of August.