Every so often, a cinephile must look into the cold, dark abyss of reality and admit to not having seen a classic. I’m having one of those moments when I look at the trailer for Rialto Pictures’ restoration of René Clément‘s Forbidden Games. The acclaimed film, which won the 1952 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, is one of many glaring holes in my cinematic fandom. But as luck would have it, Rialto Pictures are the good people behind the marvelous recent restoration of The Third Man, and have seemingly brought that same care and reverence to their restoration of this film. Soon, oh, soon, I shall be able to look in the cold, dark abyss of the classics I’ve neglected and know that Forbidden Games isn’t there.
The new restoration and translation of Forbidden Games opens exclusively at the Nuart Theater in Los Angeles for a one-week run starting on August 28th.
The synopsis for Forbidden Games:
When her parents are killed by an air strike while trying to flee Paris during the German invasion, five-year-old Brigitte Fossey (“in a performance that rips the heart out” – New York Times) wanders into the French countryside where she encounters eleven-year-old peasant boy Georges Poujouly. As they build a special, secret friendship, the adults play their own games of buffoonish peasant feuds. A masterpiece of French post-war cinema with a haunting hit score played by guitar vituoso Narciso Yepes, director René Clément’s (Purple Noon) ultimately beautiful, hilarious, and disturbing FORBIDDEN GAMES won the Golden Lion, the top prize at the Venice Film Festival – and then became a worldwide art house smash, eventually winning an Independent Grand Prix at Cannes, the Best Foreign Film Award from the New York Film Critics Circle, and his second Academy Award® for Best Foreign Film. New digital presentation featuring new translation and subtitles.