Les Amants (The Lovers)

April 22 at 7:00 PM

Drama by Louis Malle, 1958, France, featuring Jeanne Moreau. (French with English subtitles). Bored with her life, a woman has a chance meeting which intrigues her.

This film caused major controversy due to its sexual content, leading to a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case regarding the legal definition of obscenity. In Jacobellis v. Ohio, a theater owner was fined for obscenity. The decision was eventually reversed by the higher court, which found that the film was not obscene and hence constitutionally protected. However, the court could not agree on the definition of "obscene," which caused Justice Potter Stewart to utter his "I know it when I see it" opinion, perhaps the most famous single line associated with the court.

Preceded by a short film: Une fille de joie (Lea's Voice)
Directed by Olivier van Malderghem (Belgium)
A blind man searches for the love of his life and encounters various "incarnations" of her throughout his life.

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