Cocteau Cinema & Coffee House:              Santa Fe Style VII

July 15th, 2014, 11am

Santa Fe has three fine arthouse cinemas: “The Screen” on the campus of the Santa Fe University of Art and Design; “Cinematheque” at the Center for Contemporary Arts; and now the newly reopened and refurbished “Jean Cocteau Cinema”. You may notice that the Cocteau is positioned only a few yards from the railway station, in fact directly across the tracks. This double decker train takes about 90 minutes to travel between Albuquerque (population: one million) and the New Mexico capitol city (population: 68,000).

Recently at the Cocteau, we saw Violette, a superb literary biopic: Violette LeDuc (Emmanuelle Devos) is candidly, yet splendidly, revealed both as a complex, bisexual woman and as an immensely creative writer. The portrayal of her lifelong friendship with Simone de Beauvoir is matter-of-fact, yet moving, thanks especially to the nuanced performance of Sandrine Kiberlain. Jean Genet (Jacques Bonnaffe), incidentally, is no more than a bit player in this movie which focuses almost entirely on the two women, who made such substantial literary contributions to the post-war world. I loved the choppy, almost scrap-book, feel of the plotting and editing.

As for the trailers: Test looks absolutely unmissable; Filth looks likely to live up to its Rotten Tomatoes Review: “Warped, grimy, and enthusiastically unpleasant”; while Le Chef looks likely to please only foodies, of which Santa Fe has a few.

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David Wade Chambers

Born in Oklahoma: 30 years in US. 6 years in Canada, 40 years in Australia. Academic field: history and philosophy of science. Currently, teach indigenous studies online at Institute of American Indian Arts (Santa Fe, NM) and Brandon University (Manitoba). Come visit our B&B on Australia's Great Ocean Road. Mate's Rates for Hi community! (

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