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When You Read This Letter

February 17 at 5:00
East Building Auditorium

Washington premiere of the restoration

Celebrated chanteuse Juliette Gréco — known as la Muse de l’existentialisme in mid-twentieth-century Paris — plays Sister Thérèse, a nun who leaves behind the quiet security of her convent to run a family business and help her real sister (Irène Galter) escape the clutches of a shifty lowlife (Philip Lemaire). A recently restored and rarely screened work from Jean Pierre Melville, When You Read This Letter has the added advantage of Henri Alekan’s elegant location shooting, most of which took place in a now unrecognizable South of France. Unusual for Melville, who specialized in the macho world of the crime thriller, this cast is led by women. An intriguing missing link in Melville’s influential oeuvre, When You Read This Letter has until now never been released in the United States. (Jean-Pierre Melville, 1953, subtitles, 104 minutes)

courtesy Rialto Pictures

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