France, 1974, 113 min, 2K DCP, Dir. Claude Sautet, Not Rated, French with English subtitles, Rialto Pictures
"Sautet is a wizard at juggling and balancing the complex Dinner at Eight situation ... and he’s got the control and refinement of a master. It moves rhythmically, as if it were a melancholy, romantic tune." – Pauline Kael, New Yorker Magazine
Sautet recruited three of the leading French stars of their generation - Yves Montand, Michel Piccoli and Serge Reggiani - for this wise, beautifully acted, enormously moving portrait of a trio of lifelong friends at the crossroads of middle age, based on a novel by Claude Néron (Max et les Ferrailleurs). Vincent (Montand) is an industrialist with an estranged wife (Stéphane Audran) and a heavily mortgaged business on the verge of bankruptcy. François (Piccoli) is a doctor whose youthful ideals long ago gave way to financial motivations. And Paul (Reggiani) is an author with a serious case of writer's block. All three men try to vicariously relive their youth through Vincent's protege (Gérard Depardieu in a star-is-born performance), an aspiring professional boxer. With his signature understatement and precise powers of observation, Sautet weaves us through these men's lives as myriad crises erupt, concessions are made, and time marches on. A massive hit in France and an obvious template for the likes of The Big Chill, Vincent, François, Paul and the Others ranks among Sautet's finest contemplations of the human condition.
Bellinis will be served courtesy of Magna-Tech Electronic.
In 2020 CGAC Director of Programming Nat Chediak, dean of South Florida film exhibitors and founder of the Miami Film Festival, celebrates his 50th anniversary in Film. CGAC kicks off the festivities with a year-long series of films from around the world that have shaped his unique sensibility for the medium. Mr. Chediak will be on hand to introduce the films and engage the audience in conversation. Nat welcomes the opportunity to meet friends old and new and envisions the program as a golden opportunity to share with us his passion for Film in what is sure to be, indirectly, an ongoing master class in Film Appreciation.