Jean Gabin: Working Class Hero to Godfather season at BFI Southbank plus COMPETITION

// 30 April 2012


Throughout May BFI Southbank celebrates a career of French actor Jean Gabin (1904-1976), one of the iconic stars of French cinema, spanning over four decades.

If we keep in mind that investigations into constructions of masculinity are yet another manifestation of feminist film history, this perhaps not straightforwardly ‘feminist’ season becomes worthy of second thoughts and a second look.

The season is curated by Ginette Vincendeau, Professor in Film Studies at King’s College London, who in her introductory talk on 2 May explores the complexities in Gabin’s projection of charismatic ‘ordinariness’ throughout his career.

You can admire performances of women stars of French cinema of different generations (Simone Simon and Jeanne Moreau among others) as well as catch Pierre Granier-Deferre’s 1971 Le Chat, a study of an ageing couple which Rina Rosselson wrote about in her feature for The F-Word on older women in films.

For your chance to win a pair of tickets for the Gabin film of your choice or a book on French cinema please answer the following question:

Which of the films featured in the season is the adaptation of Émile Zola’s novel?

Please send your answer and the date of your preferred screening by midday 2 May (Wednesday) to ania.ostrowska[at]

Photo courtesy of the BFI, A BFI Theatrical Release, Le Quai des Brumes

Comments From You

Chuck // Posted 11 May 2012 at 3:03 am

I wrote a two-volume/1,600-paged book about Jean Gabin, but nobody asked me to curate the series. Guess they don’t need Gabin experts at the Gabin festival.

Charles Zigman,

Los Angeles

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