Detroit Film Theatre


Friday, April 04, 2008

7:00 PM Detroit Film Theatre

  • Film
  • Fees Apply

(France/2007) Directed by Jacques Rivette)

The Duchess of Langeais (the superb Jeanne Balibar) is a married coquette who frequents the most extravagant balls in Paris during the Restoration, where hypocrisy and vanity reign. The handsome general de Montriveau (Guillaume Depardieu), upon first meeting the alluring Duchess, is smitten. She orchestrates a calculated game of seduction, including repeated refusals, until the humiliated general eventually seeks his revenge. Rigorously faithful to the 19th-century Balzac novel History of the Thirteen, Duchess is nevertheless clearly the work of the French master director who fashioned such memorable, challenging and unique works as La Belle Noiseuse and Celine and Julie Go Boating; the game of flirtation, delay and frustration becomes a labyrinthine allegory on acting, with the lush ballrooms and salons of the Post-Napoleonic aristocracy redefined by their resemblance to theatrical space. With Rivette veterans Michel Piccoli and Bulle Ogier, as well as a rare acting appearance by director Barbet Schroeder. In French with English subtitles. (137 min.) Fri. and Sat. at 7:00; Sun. at 4:00 and 7:00

“Expertly depicts a jousting courtship… intimate and dryly witty.” -Russell Edwards, Variety