BIFF YEAR ’ROUND 2017-18
Wed Nov 22nd, 2017 – 6:30 pm | Hendricks Center for the Arts
Tickets at the Door
Double Feature (1st)
Leslie Caron: The Reluctant Star
Directed by Larry Weinstein
U.S.A. | 53 min | 2016
Veteran documentarian Larry Weinstein directs this portrait of the movie legend, who was plucked from a ballet troupe to star alongside Gene Kelly in the Oscar-winning An American in Paris and went on to star in a series of musical and non-musical classics.
Plucked from a ballet troupe by Gene Kelly to play opposite him in An American in Paris, Leslie Caron went on to star in a series of classic musical and non-musical films, including Lili, Daddy Long Legs, The Glass Slipper, the multiple Oscar-winning Gigi, and many others. In this new documentary about her life and career from veteran Canadian documentarian Larry Weinstein, Caron proves to be as witty, charming, and disarmingly candid as one could hope for. Like her most famous character Gigi, Caron ultimately refused to adopt the role which she had been groomed for by the studios, striking out on her own to play in such daring films as The L-Shaped Room (for which she received an Oscar nomination for Best Actress) and keeping a skeptical distance from the Hollywood machine.
Larry Weinstein is one of Canada’s most prolific and accomplished documentary filmmakers, and has been honoured with retrospectives around the world and broadcasts in more than 40 countries.
The majority of his 30 award-winning films centre on music and the creative process while his other subjects range from the horrors of war to the pleasures of football. His films consistently push the boundaries of conventional documentary storytelling by employing tools from fiction films, dramatic reconstructions, historical cinematic stylings, and impressionistic visuals.
In 2007, Larry received the Cannes MipDoc International Trailblazer Award with the citation, “Weinstein is a deserving awardee for his creativity, originality, and risk-taking, and for pushing the genre of documentary forward.”