Museum Films is partnering with Rialto Pictures to deliver newly restored film classics straight to your living room! We’re pleased to share La Traversée de Paris, a wry comedic odyssey across occupied Paris starring Jean Gabin. Screening as part of Museum Films’ virtual holiday series Christmas in Paris!
One $10 ticket is good for a 3-day pass to see La Traversée de Paris. 50% of each sale supports OKCMOA and its mission. Passes available December 22. Click here to purchase a pass.
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“In a cold, hungrily-rationed, blacked-out City of Lights under the Occupation (an experience only a decade past for the contemporary audience), a transaction involving worth-its-weight-in-gold black market pork from crabby, penny-pinching Montmartre butcher Louis de Funès (soon to be France’s long-time top box office draw, in comedies like The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob) is carried out like a modern-day drug deal. But straight arrow ex-cabbie/black-marketeer Bourvil (winner, Best Actor at Venice; legendary in France for his gormless comic persona, known here for his change-of-pace role in Melville’s Le Cercle Rouge) can’t possibly manage the four-bags-full trek across nocturnal Paris himself, so he recruits meat-mooching, garrulous stranger-he-met-at-the-bar Jean Gabin – an adventurer who keeps getting them into, and then hilariously talking them out of, trouble with both the Germans and French police, as Bourvil’s nervous sweat pools in the gutter. But there’s a chilling, class-laden final twist. From the team of screenwriters Jean Aurenche and Pierre Bost (Forbidden Games) and director Autant-Lara, favorite whipping boys of the up-and-coming New Wave, especially young critic François Truffaut – who conceded that this was a masterpiece.” – Film Forum
Director Claude Autant-Lara | 1956 | In French and German with English subtitles | 80 minutes | NR