The son of Maurice Tourneur, one of early French cinema’s preeminent directors, Jacques Tourneur ranks among the most fascinating yet most elusive filmmakers of his time. After working as an editor for his father and a director of shorts and B-features at MGM in his adoptive America, Tourneur eventually found a home in Hollywood with the success of his 1942 horror movie Cat People. He went on to make a series of striking low-budget pictures in the 1940s and ’50s: distinct, atmospheric works in a variety of genres (including the landmark 1947 noir Out of the Past), all notable for their wit, irony, and simultaneous precision and ambiguity. Tourneur mixed the uncanny with the psychological, located even the most outlandish premises within familiar spheres, and roguishly circumvented financial constraints through his singular artistry. This winter, the Film Society is pleased to present a wide-ranging retrospective of Tourneur’s body of work, the largest in New York City in decades.
Organized by Dennis Lim and Tyler Wilson in partnership with the Locarno Film Festival, where a Jacques Tourneur retrospective was presented in 2017, curated by Roberto Turigliatto and Rinaldo Censi, in collaboration with the Cinémathèque Française in Paris and the Cinémathèque Suisse in Lausanne.
Academy Film Archive; British Film Institute; The Cinémathèque of the City of Luxembourg; Cineteca di Bologna; Eye Filmmuseum; Library of Congress; UCLA Film & Television Archive
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Introduction by Michael Barker of Sony Pictures Classics on Jan. 1An unsung gothic gem amongst Tourneur’s extraordinary 1940s work, this mood-drenched tale of murder and madness in a turn-of-the-century Manhattan mansion bristles with an air of anxious uncertainty.
Introduction by Michael Barker of Sony Pictures Classics on Dec. 20Tourneur’s moral and aesthetic complexity elevates this dark, anti-heroic western, a searing exploration of greed, jealousy, and simmering violence in an America on the brink of the Civil War.
Introduction by Michael Barker of Sony Pictures Classics on Dec. 22Gloriously shot on location on the Pampas of Argentina, this majestic South American Western—in which gaucho bandits strike back against the encroaching forces of civilization—is among Tourneur’s most pictorially ravishing films.
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