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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Formerly Lost Film 'Cousin Jules' to Screen at Main Street Landing

Posted By on Wed, Apr 16, 2014 at 8:00 AM

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The 1973 film Cousin Jules was considered French documentarian Dominique Benicheti's masterpiece, yet for decades it was impossible to see. Made over five years, the film does exactly what it says on the tin: depicts the everyday life of Benicheti's cousin, Jules, an elderly, rural blacksmith.

Despite the accolades for Cousin Jules upon its release, the film failed to find a distributor, in part because it was — and is still — difficult to categorize. More "poetic" than most cinéma vérité films, and verging somewhat into the territory of experimental cinema, Cousin Jules, for all its critical favor, wound up nearly forgotten. (Benicheti's insistence that it be screened only in CinemaScope with stereo sound — an unfamiliar exhibition format for most documentaries — surely complicated matters.)

Benicheti died in 2011 while in the process of restoring the film; the task was taken up by other archivists, and Cousin Jules made its debut at the 2012 New York Film Festival.

This week, it will have its Vermont premiere at Main Street Landing in Burlington; the event is sponsored by the Burlington Film Society and Vermont International Film Foundation  Local cinephiles now have a rare chance to see this unusual and acclaimed film in a restored print, in its original aspect ratio and with stereo sound, as the late director intended.

Cousin Jules (Trailer) from Cinema Guild on Vimeo.

Cousin Jules screens at the Film House at Main Street Landing in Burlington on Thursday, April 17, 7 p.m. Reception preceding the film at 6 p.m. features charcuterie from Guild Fine Meats. $8/$5 students/free for VTIFF members.

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Ethan de Seife

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Ethan de Seife was an arts writer at Seven Days from 2013 to 2016. He is the author of Tashlinesque: The Hollywood Comedies of Frank Tashlin, published in 2012 by Wesleyan University Press.

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