Eustache Shorts Program #1
Run Time: 89 min.
1963 • dir Jean Eustache w/Aristide Demonico, Daniel Bart,
Dominique Jayr • 42 min • DCP • French with English subtitles
Jean Eustache’s second narrative short continued to cement the template for his subsequent fictions: a portrait of emotionally immature men on the prowl for female companionship. Two Parisian friends try to pick up the same young woman (Jayr) until their repeated failures in flirtation lead them to band together for petty revenge against their would-be conquest.
Santa Claus Has Blue Eyes
1966 • dir Jean Eustache w/Jean-Pierre Léaud • 47 min • DCP • French with English subtitles
French New Wave icon Jean-Pierre Leaud stars as Daniel, a thief, schemer, and would-be ladies’ man who loafs around Paris in search of easy money and pretty women. Daniel believes a new job playing a street-greeting Santa will provide him with golden opportunities to meet girls, but his own desperation continually stands in the way of success.