Le Joli Mai
France, 1963, 163 Minute Running Time
Language: French and English
ENDS Thurday, January 2nd.
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 that France was not involved in any war.
It is a film with several thousand actors including a poet, a student, an owl, a housewife, a stockbroker, a competitive dancer, two lovers, General de Gaulle and several cats. The film ends with sweeping views of Paris, the façades of its prisons, and the faces of its people as they struggle to make sense of their moment in history.
"The greatest documentary about Paris." - Trois Couleurs
"What distinguishes the film most ... is its wit, both verbal and visual, so that it is simultaneously illuminating and funny." - Time Out London
"A sincere, brilliant, clever and highly idiosyncratic essay." —Paris-Presse
"Chris Marker is an artist. He has something to say about the 'other France,' the France we don't see on the Champs-Elysees, and he says it simply and movingly." —Richard Roud, The Guardian
DIRECTOR: Chris Marker
US Distributor: Icarus Films