La maison des bois
Please note: there will be a one-hour intermission at 4:00 p.m; the second half of the miniseries will resume at 5:00 p.m.
Dir. Maurice Pialat. 1971, 360 mins. Digital projection. With Pierre Doris, Jacqueline Dufranne, Agathe Nathanson, Henri Puff. This seven-episode, six-hour miniseries is a quotidian epic that presents an unusual perspective on World War I—a masterpiece scarcely known to the English-speaking viewer. Rather than taking place amid the familiar images of trenches and bunkers, La maison des bois is set on the placid homefront—focusing on the family of a gamekeeper and his wife in a rural village far away from the front who take in children displaced by the war. Pialat’s quotidian epic, a masterpiece scarcely known to English-speaking viewers, combines the sensitivity to children’s psychology of Naked Childhood, the lived-in sense of period of Van Gogh, and a unique understanding of the sentimental underpinnings of nationalism.
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