Farewell My Queen (Benoît Jacquot, 2012, France, 100 min.) will be shown at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 14 and Sunday, March 16 in Lecture Hall 6. The story of Marie Antoinette’s ruin has been told many times on the screen (at least as far back as 1922), but never from the perspective taken in this film. Based on a novel by Chantal Thomas who won the 2002 Prix Femina, we see the Queen and the fall of French royalty from the viewpoint of a domestic, Sidonie Laborde. Running up and down the drab hallways that contrast starkly with the gleaming royal spaces, Léa Seydoux depicts Sidonie’s devotion in all its breadth and subtlety, from loyal subject, to adoring and even erotic admirer of a woman who is rapidly falling apart before her eyes. Winner: César, 2013 (Cinematography), Prix Louis Delluc, 2012 (Best Picture); Nominated: Golden Bear Berlin, 2012 (Best Director); Cesar, 2013 (Best Director, Best Film). Introduction: Professor Dora Polachek, (Romance Languages & Literature: French), Friday, March 14.
Admission is $4. For questions or information, contact Nancy Wlostowsky via e-mail, or call 777-4998.