LE PÈRE NOËL A LES YEUX BLEUS

by Jean Eustache
LE PÈRE NOËL A LES YEUX BLEUS

Informations

Nation: France

Year: 1966

Length: 50'

36° TORINO FILM FESTIVAL

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Synopsis

Narbonne. Daniel dresses up like Father Christmas to earn enough money to buy a duffle coat and try his luck with the female universe. Marked by the performance of the 22-year-old Jean-Pierre Léaud (already a legend and the projection of the nouvelle vague),the movie is Eustache’s first cinematographic incursion into autobiography, a sort of sentimental education à la Flaubert, permeated by the feelings of emptiness and dissonance of the provinces.

Director

Jean Eustache

Jean Eustache

Jean Eustache (Pessac, France, 1938 - Paris, France, 1981) spent his childhood in his hometown in the care of his maternal grandmother. This period of his life deeply influenced his filmography, which is profoundly autobiographical. In the early 1950s, he moved to Narbonne with his mother and eventually continued on to Paris, where he found work in a machine shop of the French railway. In Paris, Eustache fervidly frequented film clubs and the editorial offices of “Cahiers du cinéma,” where he came into contact with the protagonists of the Nouvelle Vague. The short La soirée (1963) was his first movie but his true directing debut was Les mauvaises fréquentations (1963-1964), a short film about two young Parisian crooks spending a Sunday together. The film was distributed in cinemas in 1967 along with Eustache’s second movie, Le Père Noël a les yeux bleus (1965-1966).  During the pivotal year of student protests, the director returned to his hometown to shoot La Rosière de Pessac (1968), an example of the “intimate” representation of reality which also characterizes Le cochon (1970) and, above all, Numéro zéro (1971), dedicated to his beloved grandmother, who is recorded by her grandson as she tells the story of her life. Film as a re-elaboration of one’s own life is also the basis of his best-known masterpiece, La maman et la putain (1973), a film which captured the spirit of disillusionment of the post-1968 generation. The relative success of the movie, which won the Grand Prize of the  Jury at Cannes, allowed the director to shoot his second feature film, Mes petites amoureuses (1974), a coming-of-age film which, once again, was inspired by his personal experiences. The movie was a flop. His final years were marked by experimentation for television and numerous uncompleted projects, but also by existential problems which led to his isolation. Eustache committed suicide at forty-two years of age, when he shot himself  in the heart in his apartment in Paris.

Filmography:
La soirée (cm, 1963), Les mauvaises fréquentations (mm, 1963-1964), Le Père Noël a les yeux bleus (mm, 1965-1966), La Rosière de Pessac (I) (doc., 1968), Le dernier des hommes: postface (cm, doc., tv, 1968), La petite marchande d’allumettes: postface (cm, doc., tv, 1969), Le cochon (coregia/codirector Jean-Michel Barjon, mm, doc., 1970), Numéro zero (doc., 1971), La maman et la putain (id., 1972-1973), Mes petites amoureuses (1974), Une sale histoire (mm, 1977), La Rosière de Pessac (II) (doc., tv, 1979), Le jardin des délices de Jérome Bosch (mm, doc., tv, 1979), Les photos d’Alix (cm, doc., 1980), Offre d’emploi (cm, tv, 1980).

Cast and Credits

regia, sceneggiatura/director, screenplay
Jean Eustache
fotografia/cinematography
Philippe Théaudière, Nestor Almendros (assistente/assistant)
montaggio/film editing
Christiane Lack
suono/sound
Bernard Aubouy, Antoine Bonfanti
direzione di produzione/director of production
Jeanne Delos
interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters
Jean-Pierre Léaud (Daniel), Gérard Zimmermann, Henri Martinez, René Gilson, Jeanne Delos, Jean Eustache (l’ex pugile/ex boxer)
produttori/producers
Jean-Luc Godard, Paul Vecchiali
produzione/production
Anouchka Films, Les Films de Gion

Synopsis Learn more

Narbonne. Daniel dresses up like Father Christmas to earn enough money to buy a duffle coat and try his luck with the female universe. Marked by the performance of the 22-year-old Jean-Pierre Léaud (already a legend and the projection of the nouvelle vague),the movie is Eustache’s first cinematographic incursion into autobiography, a sort of sentimental education à la Flaubert, permeated by the feelings of emptiness and dissonance of the provinces.

Director All about direction

Jean Eustache

Jean Eustache

Jean Eustache (Pessac, France, 1938 - Paris, France, 1981) spent his childhood in his hometown in the care of his maternal grandmother. This period of his life deeply influenced his filmography, which is profoundly autobiographical. In the early 1950s, he moved to Narbonne with his mother and eventually continued on to Paris, where he found work in a machine shop of the French railway. In Paris, Eustache fervidly frequented film clubs and the editorial offices of “Cahiers du cinéma,” where he came into contact with the protagonists of the Nouvelle Vague. The short La soirée (1963) was his first movie but his true directing debut was Les mauvaises fréquentations (1963-1964), a short film about two young Parisian crooks spending a Sunday together. The film was distributed in cinemas in 1967 along with Eustache’s second movie, Le Père Noël a les yeux bleus (1965-1966).  During the pivotal year of student protests, the director returned to his hometown to shoot La Rosière de Pessac (1968), an example of the “intimate” representation of reality which also characterizes Le cochon (1970) and, above all, Numéro zéro (1971), dedicated to his beloved grandmother, who is recorded by her grandson as she tells the story of her life. Film as a re-elaboration of one’s own life is also the basis of his best-known masterpiece, La maman et la putain (1973), a film which captured the spirit of disillusionment of the post-1968 generation. The relative success of the movie, which won the Grand Prize of the  Jury at Cannes, allowed the director to shoot his second feature film, Mes petites amoureuses (1974), a coming-of-age film which, once again, was inspired by his personal experiences. The movie was a flop. His final years were marked by experimentation for television and numerous uncompleted projects, but also by existential problems which led to his isolation. Eustache committed suicide at forty-two years of age, when he shot himself  in the heart in his apartment in Paris.

Filmography:
La soirée (cm, 1963), Les mauvaises fréquentations (mm, 1963-1964), Le Père Noël a les yeux bleus (mm, 1965-1966), La Rosière de Pessac (I) (doc., 1968), Le dernier des hommes: postface (cm, doc., tv, 1968), La petite marchande d’allumettes: postface (cm, doc., tv, 1969), Le cochon (coregia/codirector Jean-Michel Barjon, mm, doc., 1970), Numéro zero (doc., 1971), La maman et la putain (id., 1972-1973), Mes petites amoureuses (1974), Une sale histoire (mm, 1977), La Rosière de Pessac (II) (doc., tv, 1979), Le jardin des délices de Jérome Bosch (mm, doc., tv, 1979), Les photos d’Alix (cm, doc., 1980), Offre d’emploi (cm, tv, 1980).

Cast and Credits Discover the cast of the film

regia, sceneggiatura/director, screenplay
Jean Eustache
fotografia/cinematography
Philippe Théaudière, Nestor Almendros (assistente/assistant)
montaggio/film editing
Christiane Lack
suono/sound
Bernard Aubouy, Antoine Bonfanti
direzione di produzione/director of production
Jeanne Delos
interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters
Jean-Pierre Léaud (Daniel), Gérard Zimmermann, Henri Martinez, René Gilson, Jeanne Delos, Jean Eustache (l’ex pugile/ex boxer)
produttori/producers
Jean-Luc Godard, Paul Vecchiali
produzione/production
Anouchka Films, Les Films de Gion