On Friday, June 10th, Films on the Green will screen The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe, one of the most seminal comedies of the 1970s, directed by Yves Robert (War of the Buttons, My Father’s Glory), with Pierre Richard (A Chef in Love), Jean Rochefort (Tell No One), Mireille Darc (Flic Story) and Bernard Blier (Monsieur Gangster).
A “talented physical comic” (Dave Kehr, The Chicago Reader), Pierre Richard stars in the film as François—the clumsy, daydreaming violinist-turned-spy—and hurdles through a plot laced with espionage, surveillance, and mistaken identity. Characters fall over each other in misguided attempts to discover François’ secrets, and storylines tangle tightly as Christine (played by Mireille Darc), a knock-out henchwoman, uncovers a previously concealed nuance of François’ romantic life. The story resolves with a showdown between inept and ridiculous spies, after a parade of side-splitting farces unfolds. Offering a superb panorama of 1970s Paris architecture and urban landscape and partly filmed at at-this-time-brand-new Paris’ Orly Airport, the film is “set in a modern glass and chrome Paris” (The New York Times).
The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe, “a 90-minute testimony to the French love for Jerry Lewis” (Dave Kehr, The Chicago Reader), has won the 1973 Silver Berlin Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival as well as the National Board of Review Award for Top Foreign Films.
The screening will take place on Friday, June 10th at 8:30pm at Washington Square Park. The film is in French with English subtitles and is free and open to all.
The screening is presented in partnership with Washington Square Park Conservancy.
Friday, June 10 – 8:30 pm – Washington Square Park
THE TALL BLOND MAN WITH ONE BLACK SHOE (Le grand blond avec une chaussure noire)
Directed by Yves Robert with Pierre Richard, Mireille Darc, Jean Rochefort & Bernard Blier
1972 | Comedy | PG | 1h30 | France
Presented in partnership with Washington Square Park Conservancy
A frothy French farce, The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe is a classic madcap comedy about espionage, surveillance and mistaken identity. When Francois (Pierre Richard), an unsuspecting violinist, is misidentified as a superspy by national intelligence, outrageous antics ensue. As everyone (including Mireille Darc, playing a knock-out henchwoman) falls over each other in their misguided attempts to discover the tall blond man’s secrets, his best friend complicates matters even further when he overhears a salacious recording of Francois with his wife. The whole merry-go-round comes crashing to a halt in one final showdown, pitting spy versus supposed spy with hilarious results.
2016 Films on the Green Festival Schedule
The festival offers this year a striking portrait of the City of Lights, its urban landscape, and cultural diversity. A selection of classic, New Wave, and contemporary films will showcase the city’s aesthetic, cultural, and cinematic history from a dramatically unconventional angle through stories of love, romance, adolescence, female identity, and urban life in Paris and its surrounding suburbs.
All films are shown with English subtitles. Screenings begin at 8:30pm, except the Columbia screening, which begins at 7:30pm.
June 7 – Central Park (79th street and Fifth Avenue): Breathless by Jean-Luc Godard, preceded with The Red Balloon by Albert Lamorisse
June 10 – Washington Square Park: The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe by Yves Robert
June 17 – Washington Square Park: Air of Paris by Marcel Carné
June 24 – Transmitter Park (Greenpoint, Brooklyn): Subway by Luc Besson
July 1 – Transmitter Park (Greenpoint, Brooklyn): The 400 Blows by François Truffaut
July 8 – Riverside Park, Pier I (at 70th Street): April and the Extraordinary World by Christian Desmares & Franck Ekinci
July 15 – Riverside Park, Pier I (at 70th Street): Un Flic by Jean-Pierre Melville
July 22 – Tompkins Square Park: Cleo from 5 to 7 by Agnès Varda
July 29 – Tompkins Square Park: Boyfriends and Girlfriends by Eric Rohmer
Sept. 8 – Columbia University (at 116th St): Girlhood by Céline Sciamma
The Cultural Services of the French Embassy, FACE Foundation and the City of New York Parks & Recreation would like to thank Films on the Green’s 2016 official sponsors: Air France, BNP Paribas and TV5 Monde.
Tandem Paris-New York 2016 is a large-scale transatlantic cultural exchange between Paris and New York. From June through October 2016, cultural institutions in New York and Paris will present an extraordinary selection of events in a variety of cultural disciplines including music, dance, cinema, literature, theatre, the visual arts, language, gastronomy, and digital innovation from the partner city. Tandem Paris – New York 2016 is organized by the City of Paris and the French Institute, in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States and the Embassy of the United States of America in France, with the support of the City of New York.
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