La Tendre Ennemie (The Tender Enemy) 1936 Ages 12+

POSTPONED TO SUN 17 OCT DUE TO SHIPMENT DELAYS
GOMA | Cinema A | Free

SYNOPSIS

The Tender Enemy will screen from an archival 16mm print.

‘Max Ophüls’s La Tendre EnnemieThe Tender Enemy—from 1936, is sixty-nine minutes long; its action takes place mainly in confined spaces involving a handful of characters; it relies on special effects that are almost naïve in their simplicity; yet its understated inventiveness has an ingenuity and an overwhelming effect that nearly tears through the screen to reveal the vital essence of cinema itself.

The Tender Enemy is a metaphysical comedic romance, centered on the lavish engagement party of a young woman that’s being held in a mansion behind the gates of a grand estate. She’s engaged to a rich and stuffy man but she’s in love with an intrepid young pilot, and the young woman’s late father—a ghost—shows up to witness her anguish and to behold his own lost love, the young woman’s mother, his widow. It’s a love story, but one with a vast scope that’s announced daringly from the start, in a whimsical credit sequence that introduces the characters by category, including victims (several men), the perpetrator (the mother), and an accomplice (a meddling relative).’ The New Yorker

CREDITS

35MM, BLACK AND WHITE, MONO, 69 MINUTES, FRANCE, FRENCH (ENGLISH SUBTITLES) / DIRECTOR: MAX OPHÜLS / SCRIPT: CURT ALEXANDER, MAX OPHÜLS / BASED ON THE NOVEL BY ANDRÉ-PAUL ANTOINE / CINEMATOGRAPHER: EUGEN SCHÜFFTAN / EDITOR: PIERRE DE HÉRAIN / PROD CO: EDEN PRODUCTIONS / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: NATIONAL FILM AND SOUND ARCHIVE, CANBERRA / SCREENING FORMAT: 16MM