Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

LIFE IS A BED OF ROSES
(La vie est un roman)

Year: 1983
Country: France
Run Time: 111 minutes

LIFE IS A BED OF ROSES

After a 10 year period of making documentaries, several dealing with art, and the famous "Night and Fog," focusing on the ruins of Auschwitz, Alain Resnais launched his first feature, "Hiroshima, Mon Amour," in 1959, that watershed year of the French New Wave. Already his stylistic and structural patterns showed a revolutionary concept in cinema, reinforced by "Last Year At Marienbad," a poetic labrynth of a film, difficult to interpret. Resnais also explored the interaction of past and present in his political films, "Muriel" and "La Guerre Est Finie." In 1980, he and Jean Gruault (screenwriter for "Jules and Jim," among other Truffaut works, as well as those of Godard, Rivette and Rossellini) created the prize-winning "Mon Oncle D'Amerique." They team again with LIFE IS A BED OF ROSES, a whimsical spectable in 3 parts, beginning witht he construction of Forbek's (Ruggero Raimondi) castle, interupted by World War I. Forbek's dream of a "temple of happiness" is never realized because his lover, Livia (Fanny Ardant) rebels against his drug-induced experiment to find Utopia. Part 2 shows the castle remains used as a progressive school in 1982, where Vittorio Gassman, Geraldine Chaplin and Sabine Azema ("A Sunday In The Country") participate in a weekend seminar on the Education of the Imagination, never touching on the topic! Part 3 is a medieval fantasy imagined by 3 children playing on the castle grounds.



". . .A playful, typically compex film. . .emerges as one continuous comic fable about man's futile search for happiness and harmony." -Kathleen Carroll, (New York) Daily News

Screenplay
Jean Gruault

Producer
Philippe Dussart

Cinematography
Bruno Nuytten

Editing
Albert Jurgenson, Jean-Pierre Besnard

Principal Cast
Vittorio Gassman, Ruggero Raimondi, Geraldine Chaplin, Fanny Ardant, Sabine Azema

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