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Sometimes a film is so captivating that you find yourself staring at the screen long after the credits have ended. When this happens to us, we immediately want to share our experience. But not with just anyone. Our Members Only screenings present these rare, neglected, or simply amazing films to our inner circle of card-carrying cinephiles.

Come join us and watch a great film, meet great people and enjoy a lively discussion immediately following the screening. This event is exclusive—envied even—so sign up for a Facets Membership today.


January 30, 2017

L'Argent
(Money)

Film still: L'Argent Film still: L'Argent
WINNER
Best Director
NOMINATED
Palme d'Or
Cannes Film Fest
"Beautiful, astringent... It's tough but it's also rewarding, and it's the kind of film that justifies film festivals"
  —New York Times
"A harrowing scour of ideological cinema"
  —Village Voice
"Bresson still manages to make most other film-makers appear hysterical over-reachers; at nearly 80, his power to renew our faith in cinema is as firm as one could wish for. Gold, pure"
  —Time Out NY
Recommended! "Bresson...once again makes us realize how little use most films make of the resources of the cinema. A masterpiece"
  —Chicago Reader

Winner of the Director's Prize at the 1983 Cannes Film Festival, L'Argent is a prime example of Robert Bresson's rigorous aesthetic. Examining the hopelessness of the poor and working class, L'Argent bears the strong suggestion that society manufactures a lack of free will among its most powerless.

The film begins with a couple of privileged Parisian boys who decide to get a jump on their allowance by collecting change on a counterfeit note. By the time the counterfeit is identified, it is in the hands of a young worker who is falsely accused of forgery. When he loses his job and is sent to prison, the young man turns to crime to make a living, with the film following his downward spiral and the hardening of his character.

Robert Bresson's final film, an adaptation of Tolstoy's novella The Forged Coupon, simultaneously bleak and luminous, is about the corrosive effects of an all-pervasive materialism. For Bresson (A Man Escaped, Au Hasard Balthazar) nothing ever seems out of place or superfluous because he strove to find the essential truth of the image. In L'Argent, he presents a society in which the foundations of morality, goodwill and human connection have been excised and replaced by the corrupt transactions of promissory notes, in one of his most harrowing indictments of modernity's spiritual bankruptcy.

Directed by Robert Bresson, France/Switzerland, 1983, 83 mins. In French with English subtitles.

The screening will be preceded by a reception and followed by a discussion led by Facets Cinémathèque Film Program Director, Charles Coleman.

Showtime

  • Monday, January 30 at 6:30 pm

Tickets

Facets Patron Circle Members and one guest admitted for free

There are no presale tickets—you must receive an invitation from us.

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The Facets Cinémathèque is located at 1517 W. Fullerton Ave. in Chicago. Call the Cinémathèque Hotline at 773.281.4114 for the latest schedule, showtimes and updates.

For all Cinémathèque inquiries, contact Charles Coleman at 773.281.9075 or charles@facets.org.

  • John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • Artworks: National Endowment for the Arts
  • Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
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