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National Gallery Film Stream: Marceline. A Woman. A Century.
March 10th, 2021 - March 16th, 2021Free
Writer and film director Marceline Loridan-Ivens is arguably one of the most intriguing personalities of 20th-century cultural history. A survivor of Auschwitz-Birkenau and forever a strong-willed maverick, Marceline joined the French Communist Party in the 1950s, was part of the Left Bank intellectual set in the 1950s and 1960s, and took part in the nationalist movement in Algeria. In 1963, after meeting legendary Dutch filmmaker Joris Ivens, she began a sort of vagabond existence with him, co-directing and writing many landmark films of the era, including the extraordinary, 12-hour How Yukong Moved the Mountains (1976) on the final wave of the Chinese Cultural Revolution that attempted to restore Maoism in China, a movement she observed first-hand for five years. Marceline. A Woman. A Century—filmed mostly inside her Paris apartment as she was nearing 90—never tries to second-guess its subject’s complexity or character. (Cordelia Dvorák, 2019, 76 minutes)