Ain't Misbehavin' (Un voyageur)


Rafael 1 Thu, Oct 15, 2015 7:00 PM
Tribute to Marcel Ophuls
Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Spotlights & Tributes
Running Time:106 min
Director:Marcel Ophuls
Producer:Frank Eskenazi
Cinematographer:Pierre Boffety
Editor:Sophie Brunet
Pascale Alibert
Note Writer:Michael Fox



Approaching his 88th birthday, Marcel Ophuls’ legacy as a filmmaker, a witness to history, and the conscience of Europe is assured. He assumes the mantle of mischievous raconteur in this peripatetic, unexpected autobiography that combines anecdotes, conversations, and loads of clips from vintage movies in a seductive whirl. The son of the great German-Jewish director Max Ophuls (La Ronde), Marcel was five when the family fled Germany for France and then California. He inevitably gravitated to the movie business in France, directing Jeanne Moreau and Jean-Paul Belmondo in Banana Peel (1963) before finding his path as a documentarian with The Sorrow and the Pity. Moreau and Frederick Wiseman are among the peers who join Ophuls on camera, but he’s less interested in revisiting his career than recounting stories of his childhood in Europe and young adulthood in Hollywood. An entertaining capstone to a stellar career, Ain’t Misbehavin' is a treat for movie lovers.

The Tribute program will feature an onstage conversation with Marcel Ophuls, a clip reel of his work, a screening of Ain’t Misbehavin', and the presentation of the MVFF Award. Join us after the program for a celebratory reception at Il Davide Cucina Italiana in San Rafael.

Co-presented by San Francisco Jewish Film Institute

Additional Information

Marcel Ophuls is a renowned documentarian (The Sorrow and The Pity, 1969; The Memory of Justice, 1976; Hotel Terminus, 1988; November Days, 1991) who learned the filmmaking craft under the guidance of his father Max, John Huston, and Francois Truffaut, among others. In February 2015, he was honored with the Berlinale Camera Award for his celebrated body of work and is the recipient of an MVFF 2015 Tribute.