A beautiful, independent actress torn between the love of three men in colonial South America, the music of Vivaldi, the painterly cinematography of Claude Renoir (son of Children of Paradise
's Pierre Renoir) and the sensitive direction of Jean Renoir (son of artist Pierre Auguste Renoir, as well as Claude's uncle) makes for a lush and tantalizing combination. So why wasn't The Golden Coach
a big hit when it was released in 1952? No one knows, but to be sure, reviewers have made up for their critical oversight by praising the very few prints of the film that have been in circulation from then to now. Considered one of the greatest films about acting, the story follows a traveling theater troupe whose leading lady attracts the attention of three different types of Spanish charmers--one of whom scandalously offers up his royal golden carriage for her use. The Film Forum in New York City is passing on a newly restored 35mm Technicolor print to the Carolina Theatre in Durham to show for one week only. If you're ready to watch a sumptuous and extremely colorful painting put into motion, take a ride in your own gilded coach to see this rare classic. See "Opening Friday" for details.