VenueHoward Gilman Theater
Introduction by producer Fabienne Servan-Schreiber!
Juliette Gréco, Without Limits/Juliette Gréco, l’insoumise. Philippe Pouchain and Yves Riou, 2011, 70m
Two films about artists who, in their individual ways, came to embody their respective generations. Moving to Paris when she was barely out of her teens, Juliette Gréco quickly fell in with the intellectual and artistic demi-monde of the Latin Quarter: Jean-Paul Sartre, Boris Vian, Miles Davis. She began a singing career, often using songs written by her artist friends, and drew raves from critics and audiences around the world. At 85, Ms. Gréco shows no sign of slowing down, and this terrific film by Philppe Pouchain and Yves Riou captures her preparing for and then giving a series of concerts in Paris, accompanied by her husband, pianist Gérard Jouannest.
Philip Roth, Without Complexes/Philip Roth, san complexe. William Karel, 2011, 52m
Philip Roth, Without Complexes is a surprisingly frank portrait of a major American author who’s as popular in France as in the U.S. Roth speaks candidly abut his upbringing, the success and the fallout from Portnoy’s Complaint, and his feelings about aging in this illuminating work by expert French documentarian William Karel (The World According to Bush, My Dad Is Into Terrorism).