The Woman Who Dared

Made near the end of the German occupation of France, Jean Gremillon's 1944 film is one of his most respected efforts, a simple story of a lower-middle-class couple who sacrifice everything to support the wife's bid to break the women's record for long-distance flying. Gremillon's training as a musician shows in the film's organization into several distinct movements—a technique he employed in Lumiere d'Ete, which here reaches perfection. With Madeleine Renaud and Charles Vanel. In French with subtitles. 105 min.