Retrospectives at the Cinémathèque

At the end of July, the sun finally imposed itself as master of the place after many months of battle. You therefore promise yourself to combine your taste for cinema with that of the great outdoors, in order to spend all your evenings at La Villette at the “open air cinema”. But your whole plan falls apart when you find a newspaper article announcing that the event is canceled until further notice.

You who already saw yourself sitting on the grass marveling at Isao Takahata’s animated film, the tale of princess kaguya … You are depressed. All the same, you take a look at the posters of films that are scheduled in your usual cinema. However, you are apprehensive because they do not live up to your expectations.

Here, then, is a remedy for your filmic grief, a way to comfort you, in part, by allowing you to see or re-watch great classics. However, these screenings will take place in a cinema, so you will have to put off your cinematic picnic to another day. Nevertheless, if you were looking for chills with the breeze at sunset, watching these films will also make you shiver… but with emotion.

This antidote: Two retrospectives, of two directors with very different worlds, at the cinematheque for the last week of July.


Adventurer John Huston:

John Huston (1906 – 1987) is a director who very quickly wanted to sign his own subjects. His greed for autonomy and freedom pushed him to travel far from Hollywood, which made him one of the first “international” filmmakers. A desire for great adventure that is felt in the exoticism of the filming locations as well as in its creativity (mythical odyssey, search for the aesthetics of colors).

THE TRAP (1972), 1h38, Vostfr – 14h30. Summary: At the request of Angus Macintosh who seeks to dismantle a network of spies, Joseph Rearden poses as a criminal and ends up in prison. One of the detainees offers to help him escape.

THE WILD CONVOY by RC Sarafian (1971), 1h45, Vostfr (J. Huston actor) – 20h00. At 19e century, a trapper is left for dead after being injured by a bear. While trying to survive in the wild, he seeks revenge on his ex-companions.

DAVEY OF THE GREAT ROADS (1968), 1h35, Vostfr – 7:30 p.m. In Scotland, at the beginning of the 19th century, the young Davey Haggart is the son of the illustrious brigand who was hanged. Davey is determined to become an exceptional bandit too. However, he fails in everything he does.

KEY LARGO (1948), 1h40, Vostfr – 21h30. Franck McCloud arrives in Key Largo and finds himself confronted by mobster Johnny Rocco who has taken refuge in the local hotel with several members of his gang. During a hurricane that completely isolates the hotel, the gangsters try to escape on a boat and force Franck to pilot it.

THE ALEUTIANS (1943), 47 min, Vostfr – 8:00 p.m. In the small military base of Adak, daily life is divided between the airmen’s moments of respite and their dangerous missions on Kiska occupied by the Japanese.

THEY BATTLE OF SAN PIETRO (1945), 32 min, Vostfr – 8:00 p.m. In 1943, in the village of San Pietro, Germans and Americans fought.

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THE MALTESE FALCON (1941), 1h40, Vosfr – 7:30 p.m. During an investigation, private detective Sam Spade finds his associate Miles Archer murdered. Sam suspects Brigid who led them on the investigation. But the latter, who fascinates Sam with her beauty and her money, asks him to help her.

PRIZZI HONOR (1989), 2h09, Vostfr – 21h45. Charley Partanna, who works for the Prizzi family, is tasked with eliminating Marxie Heller who betrayed the clan.

THE WIND OF THE PLAIN (1959), 2h05, Vostfr – 14h00. Rachel was adopted by Zachary’s family but a mysterious horseman seems to hold the secret of her origin. Soon, the chief of the Kiowas Indians comes to claim the young woman whom he declares to be Indian.

THE BARBARIAN AND THE GEISHA (1957), 1h45, Vostfr – 7:15 p.m. In 1856, Townsend Harris arrived in Japan as an American consul. Governor Tamura wants him to leave as soon as possible, but Harris hopes above all to go to Yedo to meet the Emperor there.

LET THERE BE LIGHT (1945), 58 min, Vostfr – 9:30 p.m. On Long Island, the Mason General Hospital welcomes and treats soldiers, shocked and victims of war.

INDEPENDENCE (1975), 28 min, Vostfr – 9:30 p.m. 1774. Thanks to George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Tom Paine and Benjamin Franklin, the United States will be born and escape the British yoke.

DAVEY OF THE GREAT ROADS (1968), 1h35, Vostfr – 14h15. In Scotland, at the beginning of the 19th century, the young Davey Haggart is the son of the illustrious brigand who was hanged. Davey is determined to become an exceptional bandit too. However, he fails in everything he does.

ONLY GOD KNOWS (1956), 1h 46, Vostfr – 4:15 p.m. In the midst of the Pacific War, Corporal Allison approaches the atoll of Tuasiva. He is discovered by Sister Angela. The two survivors seek to escape the Japanese who will soon occupy the atoll.

THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA (1963), 2h05, Vostfr – 19h00. Larry Shannon, an alcoholic pastor suspended from his ministry, becomes a tourist guide in Mexico. He then escorts a group of American teachers, but he has to face the advances of a nymphet, Charlotte Goodall.

The night of the iguana

The work of John Huston, although heterogeneous, has a guiding thread, that of negative heroism, ie a pronounced taste for vain quests. Flamboyant failures that impact the very stature of the protagonists, who appear tired and decadent. The malaise is as much moral as physical.

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Scary Wes Craven:

Discovered in 1972 with one of the most trying films of its time, The last house on the left, Wes Craven (1939 – 2015) made a name for himself in horror cinema. A genre that he reinvented in the 1970s and 1980s to then better deconstruct, in particular with the project Scream (1996 – 2012).

MY SOUL TO TAKE (2008), 1h47, Vostfr – 19h00. Sixteen years after his supposed death, a serial killer returns to the small town of Riverton to kill the seven children born that same night.

PARIS, I LOVE YOU: PERE LACHAISE (2005), 6 min, Vostfr – 9:15 p.m. Wes Craven directs the “Père-Lachaise” segment with Emily Mortimer and Rufus Sewell. A young woman breaks up with her fiancé during a visit to Père-Lachaise, but he redeems himself thanks to the help of the ghost of Oscar Wilde.

RED EYE (2004), 1h25, Vostfr – 21h15. During a night flight, a young woman finds herself at the heart of a conspiracy and is threatened by the one who is next to her on the plane.

FREDDY 5: THE NIGHTMARE CHILD by Stephen Hopkins (1989), 1h29, Vostfr – 19h00. Freddy finds a new way to return to perpetrate his massacres: he plans to reincarnate in the baby expected by Alice, the one who had faced her in the previous episode.

FREDDY’S END: THE ULTIMATE NIGHTMARE by Rachel Talalay (1990), 1h29, Vostfr – 21h00. Maggie, a psychologist, treats John, a teenager terrified by nightmares in which Freddy Krueger, the Springwood child killer, appears. They decide to go to Springwood accompanied by three teenagers to investigate the situation.

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FREDDY COMES OUT OF THE NIGHT (1994), 1h52, Vostfr – 19h00. The steel-clawed monster, Freddy Krueger, will catch up with his designers and former victims who thought they were done with him.

THE FARM OF TERROR (1981), 1h42, Vostfr – 9:30 p.m.. Following the death in mysterious circumstances of her husband, a woman witnesses unexplained phenomena while a fundamentalist religious community is installed next to her home.

THE BASEMENT OF FEAR (1991), 1h42, Vostfr – 4:30 p.m.. A young burglar from the Los Angeles guetto enters a house where no one ever dares to enter, because inhabited by a demonic couple.

SREAM (1996), 1h51, Vostfr – 6:45 p.m. In the small town of Woodsboro, a murderer hiding behind a mask murders a young woman. A friend of the victims, whose own mother was killed a year earlier and who lives with her father in an isolated house, is also threatened.

SREAM 2 (1997), 2h, Vostfr – 9:15 p.m. Two years after the first events, a psychopath dons the mask of Ghostface and a new series of murders ensues.

SREAM 3 (1999), 1h54, Vostfr – 6:30 p.m. Sidney, survivor of the Woodsboro massacres, lives as a recluse in a sheltered house, while a Hollywood producer prepares a film inspired by her. One of the actresses is then murdered.

SREAM 4 (2010), 1h50, Vostfr – 21h00. Ten years after the terrible murders committed by Ghostface, Sydney Prescott, who has recovered thanks to the writing, returns with a certain anguish to Woodsboro for the launch of her novel.


The horror genre is often criticized for its lack of thought. The sole purpose is to scare, the blood must flow profusely. However, Wes Craven through his character, Freddy Krueger, appears as a political and conceptual filmmaker, asking the question of the self-realization of the things that scare us. By dint of thinking about it, don’t they end up arriving?

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