Paris vu Par

Also known as Six in Paris, the 1965 Paris vu Par is an anthology film organized by Barbet Schroeder. This modern city symphony (with each of the six filmmakers portraying a different neighborhood) was shot in 16mm, the better to mix and match nouvelle vague with cinema vérité. Jean-Luc Godard collaborated with Albert Maysles in dramatizing a Montparnasse-set anecdote from A Woman Is a Woman; Jean Rouch contributed a domestic drama (with Schroeder playing a jealous husband) in the environs of Gare du Nord; while, competing with Godard for nastiness, Claude Chabrol played out a marital psychodrama in well-heeled La Muette with then-wife Stéphanie Audran. The most interesting entry belongs to Eric Rohmer—whose early features were produced by Schroeder. Taking the Arc de Triomphe as his setting, Rohmer 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. (Screens through Thurs., Nov. 13.) SIFF Cinema, 321 Mercer St. (McCaw Hall), 448-2186, www.siff.net. $8–$10. 7:30 p.m. J. HOBERMAN

Nov. 7-13, 7:30 p.m., 2008

 
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