Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Sarah's Key Film Festival

It seems our book for this month, Sarah's Key, is being made into a movie.  For a film that's already in post-production, there is surprisingly little information available about it.  Perhaps one reason is that  another film about the Vel' d'Hiv Round-up has just been released in France, La Rafle:

A longer trailer (French only) is available hereClick here for the film's website.  There is no US release date yet.  From the Guardian, a bit of reflection on the import of the film here.

Mr. KleinIf you don't want to wait (or if like me, you'll pass on Sarah's Key), I recommend the far more subtle and challenging, Mr. Klein,
Mr. Klein is undoubtedly one of the masterpieces of the postwar French cinema; Losey's vaunted visual style is here fused with a brilliantly original scenario by Franco Solinas which captures in chilling detail the complicity of the French citizenry in the anti-Semitism of the Nazi occupiers. Of the few films which even tangentially touch on this topic, ...  none has so clearly and effectively articulated the casual acceptance of anti-Semitism in Western Europe. Losey's achievement is magnified by the sophistication of the narrative exposition, which places the theme within the framework of an unconventional psychological detective thriller. 
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