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Luc Moullet, original member of the French New Wave and long-time Cahiers du Cinema critic, directed these two idiosyncratic comedies with a modern eye and an absurdist wit. In Brigitte and Brigitte, the titular heroines meet by chance and move to Paris together, where they enroll at the Sorbonne and take crash courses in cinephilia. Costarring roles and amusing cameos by famous directors (Claude Chabrol, Eric Rohmer, Andre Techine, and Sam Fuller) only add to the film's charm. Up and Down, partly inspired by Dadaist playwright Alfred Jarry's The Passion Considered as an Uphill Bicycle Race, follows a group of cyclists as they struggle up the winding slopes of the Alps. Some cheat, some conduct business, and one even wears a tutu! "Moullet's films are a mixture of Monty Python and Mike Leigh" (Sight & Sound). In French with English subtitles.

Luc Moullet---France---1966/1992---156 mins.