“Standing side by side, on some rising ground, they felt, as they drank in the air, the pride of a life more free penetrating into the depths of their souls, with a superabundance of energy, a joy which they could not explain.”
― Gustave Flaubert, Sentimental Education
What is this feeling of sheer happiness described by French writer Gustave Flaubert? Love, of course. Why do we always think wistfully of our first crush? Why is the experience of first love so intense and excessive? Since the beginning of film history, movies have staged fairly troubled first loves, often complemented by the awakening of sexuality. This series presents an eclectic mix of classics and independent movies that entice us to indulge in the recollection of being in love for the first time—from the well-known kind of passion in Summer with Monika, to the unusual one in Harold and Maude. The common thread between these carefully chosen titles is the display of a sentimental education leading to a coming of age, sometimes too prematurely; love is definitively formative, pushing youngsters toward their destinies. How did we meet our destinies? Let’s figure it out again, celebrating the spring by warming our hearts, shivering gently to those reminiscent feelings of love.
Series curated by Gabrielle Martin-Malburet, student of the L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation.