(Above: Sophie Simon in ‘Keep it for Yourself’)
Le Cinéma Club, a streaming service which every Friday drops a free independent movie for one week only, has “relaunched” with Keep It for Yourself (1991, 40 min), the only US-made film by French director Claire Denis. Le Cinéma Club said it found and digitized the long-lost film with the support of Denis herself.
Le Cinéma Club launched in 2015, and we’re not sure if it went away for a while or is just making a new promotional push at this point. But either way, we’re glad to have it around.
The English-language Keep it for Yourself centers on the chance encounters, confusions and adventures of Sophie (Sophie Simon), a young Frenchwoman stranded in downtown New York after her lover disappears. Keep it for Yourself also features the Figaro, a Japanese retro car from Nissan that commissioned the film.
Future weeks will include a restoration of Chris Marker’s The Koumiko Mystery (1965, 54 min), a portrait of a young Tokyo woman set against the backdrop of the 1964 Olympics; a restoration of Yasujiro Ozu’s comedy A Straightforward Boy, (1929, 22 min), with eight newly discovered minutes; and To Be Free (2017, 13 min), a portrait of Nina Simone, played by the film’s director Adepero Oduye.
To see Keep it for Yourself for free, visit lecinemaclub.com before this Friday, June 21, when another film will take its place.
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