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. . . And the Pursuit of Happiness

In 1986, Louis Malle set out to investigate the ever-widening range of immigrant experience in America. Interviewing a variety of newcomers in middle- and working-class communities from coast to coast, Malle paints a generous, humane portrait of their individual struggles.

Louis Malle France, 1986
16 mm, DVD

Au revoir les enfants

Based on events from writer-director Louis Malle’s own childhood, _Au revoir les enfants_ tells a heartbreaking story of friendship and devastating loss concerning two boys living in Nazi-occupied France.

Louis Malle France, 1987
35 mm, Blu-ray, DVD

Black Moon

This Freudian tale of adolescent sexuality set in a postapocalyptic world of shifting identities and talking animals is one of Malle’s most experimental films and a cinematic daydream like no other.

Louis Malle France, 1975
35 mm, Blu-ray, DVD


When he was cutting _Phantom India_, Louis Malle found that the footage shot in Calcutta was so diverse, intense, and unforgettable that it deserved its own film. The result, released theatrically, is at times shocking—a chaotic portrait of a city engulfed in social and political turmoil.

Louis Malle France, 1969
35 mm, DVD

Elevator to the Gallows

For his feature debut, twenty-four-year-old Louis Malle brought together a mesmerizing performance by Jeanne Moreau, evocative cinematography by Henri Decaë, and a now legendary jazz score by Miles Davis.

Louis Malle France, 1958
DCP, Blu-ray, DVD

The Fire Within

Unsparing in its portrait of the inner turmoil of a self-destructive writer who resolves to kill himself, _The Fire Within_ is one of Louis Malle's darkest and most personal films.

Louis Malle France, 1963
35 mm, DVD

God’s Country

In 1979, Louis Malle traveled into the heart of Minnesota to capture the everyday lives of the men and women in a prosperous farming community. Six years later, during Ronald Reagan’s second term, he returned to find drastic economic decline.

Louis Malle United States, 1985
16 mm, DVD

Humain, trop humain

In his documentary _Humain, trop humain_, Louis Malle presents his meditative investigation of the inner workings of a French automotive plant.

Louis Malle France, 1973
35 mm, DVD

Lacombe, Lucien

One of the first French films to address the issue of collaboration during the German occupation, Louis Malle’s brave and controversial _Lacombe, Lucien_ traces a young peasant’s journey from potential Resistance member to Gestapo recruit.

Louis Malle France, 1974
35 mm, DVD

The Lovers

A deeply felt and luxuriously filmed fairy tale for grown-ups, _The Lovers_ presents Jeanne Moreau as a restless bourgeois wife whose eye wanders from both her husband and her lover to an attractive passing stranger.

Louis Malle France, 1958
35 mm, DVD

May Fools

When a rash of strikes and political turmoil bubbles up in 1968 France, Milou (Michel Piccoli) finds himself unable to bury his mother.

Louis Malle France, 1990
35 mm

Murmur of the Heart

Louis Malle’s critically acclaimed _Murmur of the Heart_ gracefully combines elements of comedy, drama, and autobiography in a candid portrait of a precocious adolescent boy’s sexual maturation. Both shocking and deeply poignant, this is one of the finest coming-of-age films ever made.

Louis Malle France, 1971
35 mm, DVD

My Dinner with André

Actor and playwright Wallace Shawn sits down with his friend the theater director André Gregory at a restaurant on New York’s Upper West Side, and the pair proceed through an alternately whimsical and despairing confessional about love, death, money, and all the superstition in between.

Louis Malle United States, 1981
35 mm, Blu-ray, DVD

Phantom India

Louis Malle called his gorgeous and groundbreaking _Phantom India_ the most personal film of his career. And this extraordinary journey to India, originally shown as a miniseries on European television, is infused with his sense of discovery, as well as occasional outrage, intrigue, and joy.

Louis Malle France, 1969

Place de la République

In _Place de la république_, Louis Malle presents his entertaining snapshot of the comings and goings on one street corner in Paris.

Louis Malle France, 1974
35 mm, DVD

Zazie dans le métro

Based on a popular novel by Raymond Queneau that had been considered unadaptable, Malle’s audacious _Zazie dans le métro,_ made with flair on the cusp of the French New Wave, is a bit of stream-of-consciousness slapstick, wall-to-wall with visual gags, editing tricks, and effects.

Louis Malle France, 1960
35 mm, Blu-ray, DVD