Directed by Louis Malle • 1987 • France, West Germany
Starring Gaspard Manesse, Raphaël Fejtö, Francine Racette
AU REVOIR LES ENFANTS tells a heartbreaking story of friendship and devastating loss concerning two boys living in Nazi-occupied France. At a provincial Catholic boarding school, the precocious youths enjoy true camaraderie—until a secret is revealed. Based on events from writer-director Malle’s own childhood, the film is a subtle, precisely observed tale of courage, cowardice, and tragic awakening.
In this interview, recorded in Paris in 2005, film critic Pierre Billard, author of the biography “Louis Malle: Le rebelle solitaire,” discusses the rebellious spirit behind the director’s most controversial films.
Director Louis Malle was invited to speak at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles on December 7, 1988, as part of the Harold Lloyd Master Seminars. Presented here is an edited version of the audio recording.
Directed by Charles Chaplin • 1917 • United States
AU REVOIR LES ENFANTS features a screening of Charlie Chaplin’s 1917 film THE IMMIGRANT, which features Chaplin’s Little Tramp as an immigrant sailing for the United States. Director Louis Malle chose this film because “it was an evocation of fr...