The Best Old Movies on a Big Screen This Week: December 3

12/03/2014 4:00 AM |

 

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Remorques (1941)
Directed by Jean Grémillon
Grémillon grew up in Normandy by the seaside and maintained a love for images of water. He often showed lapping waves in his films to suggest the shimmering, expansive, and sad generosity that he found to be inherent in human relationships, as well as the turbulence that could disrupt them at any time. Water runs throughout Remorques, whose main character, André (played by Jean Gabin), is a tugboat captain who leaves his sickly wife Yvonne (Madeleine Renaud) alone in order to lead a group of men through raging seas. The captain then encounters further turmoil in the form of the alluring, also-married Catherine (Michèle Morgan), a troubled yet open person who comes to share his heart with Yvonne. Throughout his films, Grémillon consistently gave his characters space and freedom to grow while also paying them great attention. As Remorques’s love triangle develops, the conflicts of the natural world come to seem like backdrops to storms passing through peoples’ minds and souls, and made palpable within actors’ faces. Aaron Cutler (Dec 6, 5pm at the Museum of the Moving Image’s Grémillon series)