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It’s an active week in Los Angeles for international theater of resistance. In addition to Redcat’s presentation of Mateluna, CAP UCLA is bringing in the THÉÂTRE DE LA VILLE production of Albert Camus L’ETAT DE SIÈGE for two nights.

Camus’ piece—an allegory about authoritarian corruption, with original mise en scène by Jean-Louis Barrault—was originally staged in 1948. This new production, directed by Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota, will complete its current U.S. tour at the Brooklyn Academy of Music next month.


THÉÂTRE DE LA VILLE—L’ETAT DE SIÈGE / THE STATE OF SIEGE, Thursday and Friday, October 26 and 27, at 8 pm.

ROYCE HALL, 10745 Dickson Court, UCLA, Los Angeles.


From top: Jean-Louis Barrault, Maria Casarès, and Albert Camus in 1948; Théâtre de la ville production of L’état de siège/The State of Siege, by Albert Camus. Théâtre de la ville image credit: France Inter.



Théâtre de la ville's production of Albert Camus' L'état de Siège/The State of Siege. Image crdit: France Inter



After the fall of France in 1940, Jean Renoir, Julien Duvivier, and (briefly) Jean Gabin decamped for Hollywood. Director Marcel Carné and poet–screenwriter Jacques Prévert stayed in their occupied country and, under straitened circumstances, assembled their magnum opus LES ENFANTS DU PARADIS (CHILDREN OF PARADISE).

“The cast is a record of Paris under the Nazis, and one can only regret that some of the players [Arletty] did collaborate, while some were falsely accused of it. It is hard when actors are held up to the standards of human beings.” — David Thomson*

Les Enfant’s first screenings took place in Paris immediately after the Liberation, and the film was celebrated as an emblem of French fortitude and “patriotism” during wartime. Rather than talk about who did what to whom during the dark years, it was easier for Paris to find a symbol of freedom in a 3-hour “panorama of theatrical enterprise, from the lowest street performer to the loftiest actors” [Thomson], set in a simpler time one hundred years prior to its release.



Friday and Saturday, February 24 and 25, at 7:30 pm.

New Beverly Cinema

7165 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles.

*“Have You Seen…?”: A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films, by David Thomson, is out in paperback.

Above: French poster.

Below: Jean-Louis Barrault (standing) as Baptiste in Children of Paradise.