Coup de torchon (Clean Slate)

1981, 128m, 35mm, France

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Screened June 22–25, 2017

Jim Thompson’s comic pulp novel Pop. 1280 is transposed from the sleepy South to listless Bourkassa, a French colony in tropical West Africa, in 1938 as imagined by famed production designer Alexandre Trauner. Tavernier preserves Thompson’s caustic observations on race and delights in his narrative in which henpecked “sheriff” Philippe Noiret becomes as lethal as his abominable citizens.

In French with English subtitles

A film by Bertrand Tavernier