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La Religieuse

April 6 at 2:00
East Buiding Auditorium

Washington premiere of the digital restoration

Based on a Denis Diderot novel about a willfully rebellious young novice, Jacques Rivette’s La Religieuse (The Nun) is a blistering portrayal of life in an eighteenth-century French convent. Forced to take her vows, impressionable Sister Suzanne (Anna Karina) is shunned, mistreated, and exorcised by her community, eventually becoming the plaything of Mother Superior Liselotte Pulver. A tour de force for French New Wave actress Karina, the film (adapted from Rivette’s earlier stage version), remains an eloquent and insightful tale about tyranny and intolerance. At the time, the film was banned in France, blocked two times from release by the Minister of Information. (Jacques Rivette, 1966, subtitles, 135 minutes) Restored from the original film negative by L’Immagine Ritrovata under the supervision of Studiocanal and Mrs. Véronique Manniez- Rivette with the support of the Centre National du Cinématographie (CNC), La Cinématheque Française, and the Franco American Cultural Fund

courtesy Altura Films International/Photofest

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The National Gallery of Art’s film program provides many opportunities throughout the year to view classic and contemporary cinema from around the world.

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