The Woman on the Beach
Dir: Jean Renoir
USA, 1947, 71 minmins, DCP
Cast: Joan Bennett, Robert Ryan, Charles Bickford
A small-town Coast Guard officer (Robert Ryan) suffering from war trauma abandons his fiancée to fall for a mysterious woman (Joan Bennett) trapped in an abusive relationship with her blind painter husband. Drastically reshaped following a preview screening, the ruthlessly streamlined narrative that resulted ironically lent Jean Renoir’s noir-ish tale of l’amour fou an air of abstraction and fatalistic inevitability that suggest the fevered logic of a dream. Memorably scored by Hanns Eisler, The Woman on the Beach was described by The Rules of the Game’s master director himself as an “avant-garde film… somewhere between Nosferatu and Caligari ,” and lauded by Jacques Rivette as “pure cinema.”
7/9/2019 (SAT) : Film talk with Kiki Fung
1. Screenings at ALL commercial cinemas : tickets are available at URBTIX till 5pm one day before respective screening, after which tickets will be available only at the box office of the respective venue on the day of screening, subject to availability.
2. Screenings at HK Arts Centre and M+ Cinema : tickets are available at URBTIX outlets until one hour before the screening, after which tickets are available at URBTIX website and mobile app. On-the-day tickets will also be available at the Self-service Ticketing Kiosk of the respective venue, subject to availability.
3. Unless otherwise stated, all films (except English-speaking films) are subtitled in English.
4. While it is the HKIFFS’s policy to secure the best possible print of the original version for all its screenings, the HKIFFS appreciates its patrons’ understanding on occasions when less than perfect screening copies are screened.