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Games of Love and Memories of War

Two from the 60’s by Jacques Doniol-Valcroze

A Game for Six Lovers
(L’eau a la bouche)

In a manor in the Pyrenees, six people gather for the reading of a will: The mistress of the house, Milena (Françoise Brion), her cousins Séraphine (Alexandra Stewart) and Jean-Paul (Paul Guers), her lawyer and her servants, Prudence (Bernadette Lafont) and Cesar (Michel Galabru). Couples form for a night, and at dawn, the masks come off. With music by Serge Gainsbourg.

La Denonciation (The Immoral Moment)

“Jacques Doniol-Valcroz propels us into his darkest
and most ambitious film.”
— FrenchFilms.org

Returning to a nightclub where he forgot his sweater the night before, Michel Jussieu (Maurice Ronet) is the involuntary witness to the murder of a far right-wing journalist. He recognizes the murderers — Eleonore (Nicole Berger) and Patrice (François Maistre), members of a secret political organization he has known since the resistance years. When he is accused of the murders, Michel cannot bring himself to reveal the truth.

Black History Month

Say Amen, Somebody
A film by George Nierenberg

One of the most acclaimed music documentaries of all time, Say Amen, Somebody is a joyous, funny, and deeply emotional celebration of Gospel music from director George Nierenberg. A line-up of earth-shaking performers including Thomas A. Dorsey, Willie Mae Ford Smith, The Barrett Sisters, and The O’Neal Twins is just one reason why this tremendous film has garnered rave reviews around the world.

No Maps on My Taps
A film by George Nierenberg
 The golden age of tap dancing spanned the first half of the twentieth century, but by the 1950s, the form fell to the likes of rock ‘n’ roll and modern dance. In 1979, No Maps on My Taps aired on television outlets across the world, inspiring a new generation of dancers to slip on their shoes and tap away. Featuring performances by Lionel Hampton, Bunny Briggs, Chuck Green, and Howard “Sandman” Sims, director Nierenberg’s love for the dancers and their art elevated his film above your run-of-the-mill documentary and into the ranks of dance canon.