William A. Wellman


from Public Enemy (1931) to Convoi de femmes (1951)

William A. Wellman (“A” for Augustus) is a filmmaker who asks the right questions for anyone who wants to study the history of American cinema and the way it works.This is particularly so for ideological questions.A large part of his work remains unknown, and this is particularly true of the thirties, which was perhaps the most stimulating period.I love to quote Manny Farber, who said:“Wellman’s films deal with heroes sitting down with nothing to do.”Wellman is a filmmaker worth discovering.” Bertrand Tavernier

Les films de la rétrospective

Silent Films:

Wings, 1927
Beggars of Life, 1928

These movies will be planned with a live musical accompaniment

Talking Films:

The Public Enemy
, 1931
Night Nurse, 1931
Safe in Hell (1931)
Heroes For Sale, 1933
Wild Boys of the Road ,1933
A Star is born, 1937
The Ox-Bow Incident, 1943
Story of G.I. Joe, 1945)
Yellow Sky, 1948
Across the Wide Missouri, 1951
Westward the Women, 1951

Thanks should be extended to the George Eastman House (Rochester, New York), the Congress Library (Washington), the UCLA Film and Television Archives (Los Angeles), the Film Foundation (New York), La Cinémathèque française (Paris), Les Archives Française du Film du CNC (Paris), and the Swiss Cinema Library (Lausanne)

To celebrate this retrospective, the Lumiere festival and the Temple Theatre have jointly produced a new copy of The Public Enemy and The Yellow Sky.
Restored copies of several other films will be presented, including Beggar’s of Life and The Story of G.I. Joe


Westward the Women, 1951

  • 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