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Welcome to First Thursday Films

Every first Thursday of the month from October through March, THE 222 will present one from a diverse collection of “under the radar” films by exceptional filmmakers. They encompass a wide range of qualities from “jaw-droppingly imaginative,” uniquely thought-provoking, a bit of edgy and dark, to just purely joyful!


“In this film, the deeply revered French director Jean Renoir takes advantage of a host of Parisian locations, and the anarchic charms of his lead actor (Michel Simon) to create an effervescent satire of the bourgeoisie.” Eleanor Nichols, Film Programmer

Despite the problems of sound recording in 1932, Jean Renoir (the son of the great Impressionist painter) went out of the studio and shot this film on the streets of Paris and along the banks of the Seine. It is not only a lovely fable about a bourgeois attempt to reform a rebellious bum (Michel Simon is the shaggy, bearded tramp who spills wine on the table and wipes his shoes on the bedspread), but a photographic record of an earlier France. “A beautifully rhythmed film that makes one nostalgic for when it was made.” — Penelope Gilliatt (1932, 87 min, in French w/English subtitles)