Critic’s Pick: Critic’s Pick: A rare chance to see the work of Claude Sautet

Critic’s Pick: A rare chance to see the work of Claude Sautet
French director Claude Sautet is focus of a mini-retrospective at Laemmle’s Royal in West L.A.
(David Koskas)
Los Angeles Times Film Critic

Though he’s not much talked about today, France’s Claude Sautet, who died in 2000, was one of his country’s great humanist directors. A chance to see his films on screens of any size is rare, but five of them will play between July 24 and July 30 at Laemmle’s Royal in West Los Angeles. (None of them is available on Blu-ray or DVD.) Three of these pictures — “Les Choses de la Vie,” the bleak noir “Max et les Ferrailleurs” and his 1972 breakout, “César and Rosalie” — feature Sautet’s muse, the Austrian-born Romy Schneider. Also screening is the moving “Vincent, Francois, Paul and the Others” and Sautet’s final movie, 1995’s “Nelly and Monsieur Arnaud,” starring Emmanuelle Béart. See them all. You won’t be sorry.

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