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BYU's Lee Library offers classic French film Nov. 14

Brigham Young University's Harold B. Lee Library offers a free screening of the classic French film "Les Glaneurs et la Glaneuse" Thursday (Nov. 14) at 5 p.m. in the library auditorium.

Translated "The Gleaners and I," this documentary is the third of four films to be shown in the library's French Film Series.

"The film provides a way to feed French language and culture to students in a pleasant and enjoyable way," says European Studies Librarian Richard Hacken.

"Les Glaneurs" chronicles the age-old practice of combing newly harvested fields for the odd potato or leftover turnip. This practice, protected by law in France since the Middle Ages, offered famous filmmaker Agnes Varda the interesting opportunity to observe and interview the gleaners, peasantry and gentry alike.

Varda, often called the grandmother of the French New Wave, used digital cameras to capture the scenes from the French countryside. The 82-minute work has enjoyed critical acclaim internationally.

The Harold B. Lee Library rotates through languages in each of its film series. The French series began when Spanish ended, and plans are being made for an Italian series next year.

Please call Richard Hacken at (801) 422-2374 for more information.

Writer: Craig Kartchner

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