The Resnais shorts are considered the fifth film of the 2022 Albertine Cinémathèque film festival. They are available for viewing Feb. 20-26, 2022.
This recently restored early short by French New Wave director Alain Resnais, pays homage to the National Library of France. For centuries, the library has served as a repository for all the country's publications, and more: Maps, prints, comic books, priceless manuscripts, gems, and medals all form part of the collection. This film offers a unique look at the effort to catalogue as much knowledge as possible in one of the world's great libraries.
In 1937, Spanish nationalists called on Nazi and Italian Fascist forces to bomb the Basque town of Guernica. The horrors of the bombing led Pablo Picasso to create perhaps his greatest work, "Guernica," a massive painting powerfully representing the horrors of war. This film features paintings, drawings and sculptures made by Picasso between 1902 and 1949.
Recently restored, this 1948 boundary-pushing short brilliantly evokes the life of Vincent Van Gogh, using only his paintings as visuals. This short film traces the great painter's life and work, from his early days as a realist in the Netherlands, to his stay in Paris, the peak of his career in Provence, and then the dark days of madness that descended on him.
Viewership is restricted and limited. Sign up for the film(s) you would like to see during the 2022 Albertine Cinémathèque film festival that runs January-March.
Those who sign up will be invited to the film festival’s Microsoft Teams site with further instructions and access to the film(s), discussion board and further resources.