Documentaries on Filmmaking and the History of Cinema 

 

The Lumière Festival has a new section – Documentaries on filmmaking and the history of cinema. Every year directors enrich the history of cinema with their “films about films” and the Lumière Festival also wishes to pay tribute to them. The Lumière 2011 programme includes documentaries on filmmakers (Jacques Becker, William A.  Wellman, Elio Petri, Maurice Pialat), an actress (Dominique Laffin), films (One Flew Over A Cuckoo’s Nest) and film genres (yakuza films and erotic Japanese films), with an exclusive preview showing of a hitherto unreleased film - a portrait of Jean Douchet by filmmaker Thierry Jousse.  There will be something on the programme every day in the Villa Lumière cinema.

 

 

CINEMA EUROPE: THE OTHER HOLLYWOOD

(1995, Great-Britain, 6 x 52 minute episodes)

This series on European silent films, directed by Kevin Brownlow with David Gill, is one of Kevin Brownlow’s masterpieces and supports the tribute to him – A must!

Kevin Brownlow will be present.

 

 

JACQUES BECKER, LA PASSION CINÉMA (JACQUES BECKER, CINEMA PASSION)

(1998, France, 1 H.17)

Directed by Hubert Niogret.

Fourteen films made during a career cut short too soon by the early death of the director at the age of 54. Fourteen films that figure amongst the best in French filmmaking history between the Second World War and the arrival of the New Wave. From Dernier Atout (1942) to Trou (1960), Jacques Becker pursued his passion for cinema, a career that he started alongside Jean Renoir.

By Hubert Niogret, a member of the Positif editorial team.

Hubert Niogret will be present. 


 

 

 

 

JACQUES BECKER OU L’ÉLÉGANCE MORALE (JACQUES BECKER - MORAL ELEGANCE)

(1979, France, 24 min)

Directed by Claude-Jean Philippe.

Another rare documentary on Becker by the legendary Claude-Jean Philippe. Jacques Becker, who worked as assistant to Jean Renoir and was a great jazz fan, described friendship and brotherhood as a secret society, in which betrayal leads to exclusion and solitude.

 

 

JACQUES BECKER, CINEASTES DE NOTRE TEMPS (FILMMAKERS OF OUR TIME)

(1967, France, 1 H.17)

Directed by Claude de Givray.

A portrait of Jacques Becker emerges from these testimonies of friends, colleagues and actors on the life of this maker of classical French films, at the turning point between the fifties and the New Wave.  The film’s director was a friend of François Truffaut, a great admirer of Becker.

 

 

THE MEN WHO MADE MOVIES : WILLIAM WELLMAN

(1973, USA, 58 min)

Directed by Richard Schickel.

This documentary offers us the opportunity to discover Wellman, a complex character, who said he had lived a hundred different lives – juvenile delinquent, errand boy, pilot during the First World War, impoverished actor and director fired by numerous studios.  It contains a number of interviews with Wellman and was directed by the great historian Richard Shickel.

Pierre Rissient will be present.

 

 

YAKUZA EIGA – A HISTORY OF YAKUZA FILMS

(2008, France-Japan, 1 H.)

Directed by Yves Montmayeur.

From the golden age of the sixties to its relative loss of popularity today, the history of a subversive film genre closely linked to that of its (antiheroes), the traditional Japanese gangsters known as the yakuzas. These are films made up of ritual postures and extremely violent combats, revealing the mysterious workings of the Japanese Mafia and simultaneously inventing modern Japanese cinema!

Yves Montmayeur will be present

 

 

PINKU EIGA, INSIDE THE PLEASURE DOME OF JAPANESE EROTIC CINEMA

(2011, France-Japan, 1 H.25)

Directed by Yves Montmayeur.

The Nippon erotic film was a unique experience within the history of filmmaking, drawing on all the artistic, political and sexual excesses of modern Japanese society. From the underground pop arty images in Pinku Eiga to the films written for the mythical pornographic fiction series produced by the Nikkatsu’s studio, this documentary exploration of the Japanese erotic imagination is both stimulating and steamy!

Yves Montmayeur will be present

 

 

 

 

ELIO PETRI, NOTES ON AN AUTHOR

(2005, Italy, 1 H. 10)

Directed by Stefano Leone, Federico Baci and Nicola Guarneri.

Elio Petri was one of the greatest Italian film directors. His work was focussed on a series of characters who, with their neurosis, mental problems and phobias, demonstrate different ways in which capitalist society’s repression has an impact on the individual. Through its testimonies of cinema personalities such as Vanessa Redgrave, Bernardo Bertolucci, Franco Nero, Robert Altman and Ursula Andress, this film makes an important contribution to the rediscovery of this director.

Alberto Barera will be present. 

 

 

 

 

MARCEL OPHULS AND JEAN-LUC GODARD: LA RENCONTRE DE SAINT-GERVAIS

(2011, Switzerland, 44 min)

Directed by Vincent Lowy and Frederic Choffat.

The director and Godard are holding a conversation, following the projection of a Marcel Ophuls film in a Saint-Gervais cinema in Switzerland. The conversation is centred on an old project on the theme of Palestine that they dreamed up together and finally dropped because of differences in their methods.

In the presence of Vincent Lowy.

 

 

DOMINIQUE LAFFIN, PORTRAIT D’UNE ENFANT PAS SAGE

(2007, France, 55 min)

Directed by Laurent Perrin.

In 1985 Laurent Perrin directed Passage Secret, his first feature length film, starring Dominique Laffin in the main role. The actress died shortly after the release of the film at 33 years of age. The film director questions those who surrounded her during her brief career, from Jacques Dollion to Josiane Balasko, including Catherine Breillat, scrutinizing Dominique Laffin’s face as he watches extracts from her films, as though to penetrate the mystery. A documentary revealing the actress who starred in Dites-lui que je l’aime (Claude Miller, 1977) and La Nuit tous les chats sont gris (Gérard Zingg, 1977)

Laurent Perrin will be present.

 

 

 

 

MAURICE PIALAT, L’AMOUR EXISTE

(2007, France, 1 H. 21)

Directed by Anne-Marie Faux with Jean-Pierre Devilliers.

Maurice Pialat’s films are shot through with the obvious truth that everything that happens, that is said, that is created and that is undone in life is reflected – often with thunderous echoes – at some point in time in films. These interconnections were the departure point for the authors to draw a sort of self-portrait of a filmmaker who never forgot what childhood was and who refused to give ground on what it meant to love. Produced by Sylvia Pialat with a commentary by Gérard Depardieu.

Sylvie Pialat will be present.

 

 

ONCE UPON A TIME... ONE FLEW OVER A CUCKOO’S NEST

(2011, France, 52 min)

Directed by Antoine de Gaudemar.

Milos Forman shot One Flew Over a Cuckoo’s Nest in 1975 and during the same period the Soviet regime in the USSR was locking up its political opponents in psychiatric asylums. Shot in a psychiatric hospital in Salem (Oregon) with the participation of the director of the institution, healthcare staff and dozens of patients in walk-on parts, this film experience is also a reflection of the utopian ideologies of the era. A tribute to the Czech filmmaker, who won the Lumière Prize in 2010.

Antoine de Gaudemar, Sertge July and Marie Genin will be present.

 

 

 

 

JEAN DOUCHET OU L’ART D’AIMER

(2011, France, 1 H.15)

Directed by Thierry Jousse.

A portrait, hitherto unreleased in France, of Jean Douchet, a great communicator on the subject of cinema, whose work developed alongside the New Wave era. An opportunity to immerse oneself in the career of this Epicurean character and to see his unique way of analysing the history of cinema at work. With the participation of Barget Schroeder, André Téchiné, Xavier Beauvois, François Ozon, Thierry Frémaux and Frédéric Bonnaud …

Thierry Jousse and Jean Douchet will be present.

 

 

   

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  • Partenaires médias :
  • France Télévision 2011
  • France Inter 2011
  • Variety 2011
  • Le monde 2011
  • Studio Live 2011
  • Petit Bullettin 2011
  • Evene 2011
  • Telerama 2011

  • Partenaires transport :
  • Trans Air France 2011
  • Trans Renault 2011
  • Trans RA 2011
  • Trans RER 2011
  • Trans Sytral 2011