(Barbet Schroeder, 1965).
This modern city symphony (with New Wave six filmmakers portraying a different neighborhood) was shot in 16mm, the better to mix and match nouvelle vague with cinema verité. Jean-Luc Godard collaborated with Albert Maysles in dramatizing a Montparnesse-set anecdote from A Woman is a Woman; Jean Rouch contributed a domestic drama while, competing with Godard for nastiness; Claude Chabrol played out a marital psychodrama with then wife Stephanie Audrane. The most interesting entry belongs to Eric Rohmer who knocks off a Hitchcockian comedy in which a timid sales clerk with an overdeveloped sense of habit, imagines he’s inadvertently killed the bothersome drunk he fended off with his umbrella. HOBERMAN
Wed., Oct. 8, 4:30 & 9:30 p.m.; Thu., Oct. 9, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m., 2008