In 1930s Paris, Madeleine, a pretty, young, penniless and talentless actress, is accused of murdering a famous producer. Helped by her best friend Pauline, a young unemployed lawyer, she is acquitted on the grounds of self-defense. A new life of fame and success begins, until the truth comes out.
Shown as part of Media Manipulations: Three Centuries of Sensationalism & Scandal in New French Film, this year's Williams French Film Festival. The festival features recent films from France that focus on sensationalism and scandal in the media. From nineteenth-century Parisian journalists in Xavier Giannoli's Lost Illusions (2021), to twentieth-century criminality in François Ozon's The Crime is Mine (2023), to twentieth-first-century news media in Bruno Dumont's France (2021), these films examine the scandalous, criminal, and comical effects of charlatan reporters, tabloid sensationalism, social media, and so-called fake news.
The films will be introduced by French Professors Brian Martin and Preea Leelah.
This festival is made possible with the generous support of the Williams Class of 1960 Scholars Program, the Williams Department of Romance Languages and the Williams Center for Global Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. All films are in French with English subtitles, and are free and open to the public.ComedyPT1H42MNot Rated2024-02-20