Le Joli Mai (The Lovely Month of May) is a legendary portrait of Paris and Parisians, shot during May 1962 but virtually unseen in the United States. Among the several thousand actors are a poet, a student, an owl, a housewife, a stockbroker, a competitive dancer, two lovers, General de Gaulle and several cats. Filmed just after the March ceasefire between France and Algeria, Le Joli Mai documents Paris during a turning point in French history: the first time since 1939 the country was not involved in any war. Part I, "A Prayer from the Eiffel Tower," documents personal attitudes and feelings around Paris. Part II, "The Return of Fantomas," is an investigation of the political and social life of the city. At turns humorous and moving, the film features sweeping views of Paris and the faces of its people as they struggle to make sense of their moment in history. Narrated by Simone Signoret, with music by Michel Legrand. Directed by Chris Marker (La Jetée, Sans Soleil) and cinematographer Pierre Lhomme (Cyrano de Bergerac, Camille Claudel, Maurice). Official Web Site


Chris Marker

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