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LOUIS GARREL — A FAITHFUL MAN

I had better sex with other guys while thinking of him.

The quote above—a characteristic aside from one of the female leads in Louis Garrel’s A FAITHFUL MAN, the actor’s second turn in the director’s chair—refers to Abel (Garrel), a man of little agency in a romantic game of chance, seemingly happy to shuttle between Marianne (Laetitia Casta) and Ève (Lily-Rose Depp).

Abel and Marianne were lovers, until she announces—in the film’s first few minutes—that she is pregnant, and the father is their close friend Paul. Fast forward a decade and Paul has just died. Abel reconnects with Marianne at his funeral—a reunion witnessed by both Joseph (Marianne and Paul’s son, played by Joseph Engel), and Paul’s younger sister Ève, who has always had an unrequited crush on Abel.

We are deep in Rohmer and Truffaut territory—narrators voicing internal thoughts, chamber music on the soundtrack, a sense of timeless suspension in an everyday, non-touristic Paris—and Garrel (son of Philippe) and co-writer Jean-Claude Carrière (a Buñuel veteran) are indeed faithful to their antecedents, giving audiences a contemporary nouvelle vague experience and keeping the proceedings 100% français. (Even the Hollywood noir that Marianne and Abel go out to see is dubbed in French, which would not be the case in an actual Left Bank revival house.*)

 A FAITHFUL MAN is a piece of cinematic driftwood, smooth and lovely, kept afloat by its players’ charms. Selfishness and betrayal are expressed and accepted with hushed discretion. Complete happiness is not exactly on the menu, but fidelity to independence, choice, and the freedom to make mistakes is its own reward.

 A FAITHFUL MAN

Through August 8.

Laemmle Royal

11523 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Los Angeles.

Wednesday, August 21, at 7:30 pm.

South Bay Film Society

AMC Rolling Hills

2591 Airport Drive, Torrance.

*The Strange Love of Martha Ivers, starring Van Heflin and Barbara Stanwyck.

A Faithful Man/L’Homme fidele, from top: Louis Garrel and Laetitia Casta; Casta; Joseph Engel; Lily-Rose Depp; Garrel and Depp; U.S. poster; Garrel on set. Images courtesy and © the filmmakers, the actors, and Kino Lorber.

LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD

Rialto Pictures 4K restoration of LAST YEAR AT MARIENBADAlain Resnais’ cryptic ravishment of pure style and structure—is out now on the big screen.

Starring Delphine Seyrig, Giorgio Albertazzi, and Sacha Pitoëff as A, X, and M, the scenario and dialog is by Alain Robbe-Grillet.

Gabrielle Chanel designed all of Seyrig’s clothes for the film.

LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD

Through July 18.

Laemmle Royal

11523 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Los Angeles.

Laemmle Playhouse

673 East Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena.

Last Year at Marienbad (1961), directed by Alain Resnais, from top: Delphine Seyrig and Giorgio Albertazzi; grounds at Marienbad; Seyrig and Albertazzi; Sacha Pitoëff and Seyrig; Albertazzi and Seyrig; Seyrig; Albertazzi (left) and Pitoëff; Seyrig. Images courtesy Rialto Pictures.

IF THE DANCER DANCES

“The beauty of dance… is that it gets passed from one body, one soul, to another. There’s something so beautiful, so precious about that. It comes out of the body, it goes into the air, and then it disappears.” — Stephen Petronio

In the afterglow of the Merce Cunningham—Night of 100 Solos events, the immersive new documentary IF THE DANCER DANCES tells a different Cunningham story: the 2015 restaging of the choreographer’s RainForest by the Stephen Petronio Company.

The sexual quality and hint of narrative in this 1968 dance—with music by David Tudor, costumes by Jasper Johns, and décor by Andy Warhol (the silver, helium-filled pillows)—create an atmosphere distinct from almost every other Cunningham work. The challenge for the stagers—and Cunningham company veterans—Andrea Weber, Meg Harper, and Rashaun Mitchell is replacing the continuous-movement ethos of the Petronio dancers with Cunningham’s non-momentum aesthetic. As the film demonstrates, how to do this is perhaps a subject of dispute:

“The focus needs to be exactly on what you’re doing, and not on an image of anything.” — Meg Harper

RainForest… transcended pure movement… [The dancers] need to hear images that might help them.” — Gus Solomons, Jr., Cunningham company veteran

IF THE DANCER DANCES—directed by Lise Friedman and Maia Wechsler—mixes extensive performance and interview footage of Petronio’s dancers and their teachers with scenes of Cunningham rehearsals from the 1960s. This essential document of modern dance making and Cunningham’s philosophy and practice is playing around town through May 9.

IF THE DANCER DANCES

Through May 9.

Q & A with former Cunningham dancers following 3 pm show on May 4.

Music Hall

9036 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills.

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Monday and Tuesday, May 6 and 7.

Q & A with former Cunningham dancers following 7:30 pm show on May 6.

Royal

11523 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Los Angeles.

Playhouse 7

673 East Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena.

From top: Nicholas Sciscione and Davalois Fearon in If the Dancer Dances, performing Merce Cunningham ‘s RainForest; Jaqlin Medlock and Sciscione rehearsing RainForest; Meg Harper (center) with Fearon in rehearsal, Gino Grenek behind Foster; Stephen Petronio Company, Grenek, Fearon, and Sciscione, RainForest performance, Joyce Theater, April 2015, photograph by Yi-Chun Wu, image © 2015 and courtesy the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc., Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, and the photographer; Stephen Petronio. Film stills courtesy of Monument Releasing. Below: Merce Cunningham in RainForest, 1968, photograph by Martha Keller, courtesy of the Merce Cunningham Trust.

THE ICARUS LINE MUST DIE

Annie Hardy, Melissa Brooks (The Aquadolls), and Joe Cardamone—former leader of the underground band The Icarus Line—will perform tonight at the premiere of the new film THE ICARUS LINE MUST DIE.

On Thursday night, the Alumni Screening Series at USC presents a free preview of the narrative feature, followed by a Q & A with director and co-writer Michael Grodner.

And after the Friday night show at the Royal cinema, Cardamone—the film’s star—will join Grodner for another Q & A.

A blend of autobiography and fiction set deep inside L.A.’s music scene, ICARUS LINE co-stars Jerry Stahl, Ariel Pink, Keith Morris, and Rafael Reyes.

Pink Mountaintops, Together Pangea, Retox, Obliterations, Annie Hardy of Giant Drag, and The Icarus Line perform in the film.

 

JOE CARDAMONE

THE ICARUS LINE MUST DIE

Wednesday, June 20, at 7:30

Regent Theater

448 South Main Street, downtown Los Angeles.

 

THE ICARUS LINE MUST DIE

With Michael Grodner Q & A

Thursday, June 21, at 7 pm.

Ray Stark Theatre, USC

900 West 34th Street, Los Angeles.

 

With Joe Cardamone Q&A

Friday, June 22, at 9:55.

Film plays through June 28.

Laemmle Royal

11523 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Los Angeles.

Joe Cardamone (left) and the late Alvin DeGuzman of The Icarus Line. Photograph courtesy of Joe Cardamone.

ASSAYAS — L’EAU FROIDE

L’EAU FROIDE (COLD WATER), a film that Olivier Assayas made for television in 1994, is in revival until the end of May.

COLD WATER

Though May 31.

Laemmle Royal

11523 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Los Angeles.

Cyprien Fouquet and Virginie Ledoyen in L’eau froide.