Not a lot of updates this week, but I’m building steam for next week. Tonight, I’ll be attending the Chris Marker retrospective at the American Cinematheque with my friend and fellow cinephile, Jonathan, who’s driving all the way up from San Diego to see Remembrance of Things to Come (2001), Marker’s latest essay film. Stay tuned for reviews of the films in this series.

And in the spirit of AngËs Varda, Chris Marker, and the Left Bank filmmakers appearing in my blog of late, I just received the French Region 2 DVD box set of Alain Resnais’ Eighties films: Mon oncle d’AmÈrique (1980), La Vie est un roman (1983), L’Amour ‡ mort (1984), MÈlo (1986), and I Want to Go Home (1989). Stay tuned for comments…

For those in the L.A. area, Laemmle Theatres has announced a mini-retrospective of essential French New Wave films screening weekends this fall at the Fairfax, the Playhouse, and the Monica:

9/20, 9/27, 10/4 Breathless
9/27, 10/4, 10/11 The 400 Blows
10/4, 10/11, 10/18 Six in Paris
10/11, 10/18, 10/25 Les Bonnes femmes
10/18. 10/25, 11/1 Shoot the Piano Player
10/25, 11/1, 11/8 Lola
11/1, 11/8, 11/15 Jules and Jim
11/8, 11/15, 11/22 ClÈo from 5 to 7
11/15, 11/22, 11/29 Contempt
11/22, 11/29, 12/6 Suzanne’s Career and
The Baker of Monceau
11/29, 12/6, 12/13 Bay of Angels
12/6, 12/13, 12/20 Band of Outsiders

And LACMA will be launching their Jean Cocteau retrospective starting September 20.

Expect commentary on much of this plus live festival updates from Toronto by J Robert, and Silver Lake, California by yours truly…