6.8/10
369
5 user 8 critic

Lumière d'été (1943)

A shimmering glass hotel at the top of a remote Provençal mountain provides the setting for a tragicomic tapestry about an obsessive love pentangle, whose principals range from an artist to... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(dialogue), (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
Reviews
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The wife of a mechanic and former fighter pilot falls in love with the idea of flying herself. This soon becomes an obsession and she undertakes a lofty feat: the longest solo flight ever made by a woman.

Director: Jean Grémillon
Stars: Madeleine Renaud, Charles Vanel, Jean Debucourt
Stormy Waters (1941)
Action | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Andre Laurent, the captain of a tugboat, married Yvonne ten years ago. She has a heart disease but does not want to tell him. She dreams he quits the job for they can live quietly. One ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Grémillon
Stars: Jean Gabin, Madeleine Renaud, Michèle Morgan
Senso (1954)
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A troubled and neurotic Italian Countess betrays her entire country for a self-destructive love affair with an Austrian Lieutenant.

Director: Luchino Visconti
Stars: Farley Granger, Alida Valli, Massimo Girotti
Judex (1963)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Favraux, an unscrupulous banker, receives a threatening note, signed by "Judex", demanding that he pay back the people he has swindled. He refuses, and apparently dies after a midnight ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Franju
Stars: Channing Pollock, Francine Bergé, Edith Scob
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Ishun is a wealthy, but unsympathetic, master printer who has wrongly accused his wife and best employee of being lovers. To escape punishment, the accused run away together, but Ishun is certain to be ruined if word gets out.

Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
Stars: Kazuo Hasegawa, Kyôko Kagawa, Eitarô Shindô
Meek's Cutoff (2010)
Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Settlers traveling through the Oregon desert in 1845 find themselves stranded in harsh conditions.

Director: Kelly Reichardt
Stars: Michelle Williams, Bruce Greenwood, Paul Dano
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

In this classic adaptation of Emile Zola's novel, a tortured train engineer falls in love with a troubled married woman who has helped her husband commit a murder.

Director: Jean Renoir
Stars: Jean Gabin, Julien Carette, Simone Simon
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Marie Prieur, a young doctor, decides to settle down on Ushant, a remote island belonging to Brittany. Little by little she manages to be accepted by the population. One day she meets André... See full summary »

Director: Jean Grémillon
Stars: Micheline Presle, Massimo Girotti, Gaby Morlay
Dodes'ka-den (1970)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Various tales in the lives of Tokyo slum dwellers, including a mentally deficient young man obsessed with driving his own commuter trolley.

Director: Akira Kurosawa
Stars: Yoshitaka Zushi, Kin Sugai, Toshiyuki Tonomura
Drama | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

At the end of the 15th century, two minstrels Gilles and Dominique come from nowhere into the castle of Baron Hugues. Gilles charms Anne, Hughes' daughter, while Dominique charms both ... See full summary »

Director: Marcel Carné
Stars: Arletty, Marie Déa, Fernand Ledoux
Lady Killer (1937)
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Lucien Bourrache, a good looking non-commissioned officer at the Spahis, is used to charm many women. He met Madeleine Courtois at Cannes. She is beautiful and lives in luxury. He lends her... See full summary »

Director: Jean Grémillon
Stars: Jean Gabin, Mireille Balin, Pierre Etchepare
Army (1944)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Kinoshita's ambitious and intensely moving film begins as a multi-generational epic about the military legacy of one Japanese family, before settling into an emotionally complex portrayal ... See full summary »

Director: Keisuke Kinoshita
Stars: Chishû Ryû, Ken Mitsuda, Kazumasa Hoshino
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Madeleine Renaud ...
...
...
Paul Bernard ...
Georges Marchal ...
Léonce Corne ...
Tonton
...
Vincent
Jane Marken ...
Louise Martinet (as Jeanne Marken)
Henri Pons ...
Amédée
Gérard Lecomte ...
Dany
Marcel Lévesque ...
Raymond Aimos ...
Ernest
Edit

Storyline

A shimmering glass hotel at the top of a remote Provençal mountain provides the setting for a tragicomic tapestry about an obsessive love pentangle, whose principals range from an artist to a hotel manager to a dam worker. Scripted by Jacques Prévert and Pierre Laroche, the film was banned from theaters for the duration of the occupation for its dark portrayal of the hedonistic excesses of the ruling class. Today, it is often singled out as Jean Grémillon's greatest achievement. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

26 May 1943 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Wetterleuchten  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Referenced in 2 x 50 Years of French Cinema (1995) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Quintet
11 March 2007 | by See all my reviews

"Lumière d'Ete " is probably Grémillon's most ambitious work.Made during the Occupation days,many people consider it his best.One should add it's also his less accessible.

Although it's a Prévert/Laroche screenplay ,the main influence here is Renoir's .All that concerns Paul Bernard's character and his fete in the castle strongly recalls "La Règle du Jeu" .Probably the center of gravity of the movie ,this memorable sequence of the farandole - while the tragedy is impending- will find an equivalent in Prévert/Carné's ending of "Les Enfants Du Paradis".

There are only five characters :three men and two women.

Cri-Cri (Madeleine Renaud,Grémillon's favorite actress) ,her lover Patrice and a failed painter (Pierre Brasseur) represent the bourgeois society.

Michèle (Madeleine Robinson) and Julien(Georges Marchal) are the working class heroes .The latter thoroughly deserves this name,in every sense of the term.

Patrice is a perverse man with a racy -and even criminal- past who does not love Cri-Cri anymore :did he ever love her anyway? or was he just pretending because she knew too many bad things about him?A man of leisure,he invites Roland (the artist) in his castle just because he desires his partner Michele .

In direct contrast to that ,we have the working men: they are building a dam and they are useful.And they are here when it comes to lend a helping hand .

There's a good use of the "play in the play " trick;During the costume ball,Roland is disguised as Hamlet ,which makes sense.Apart from Shakespeare, Laroche and Prevert hint at French writer Comtesse de Ségur,since Cri-Cri's hotel is called "L'Ange Gardien" (The guardian angel) and one of the guests thinks of dressing up as General Dourakine .

For all its qualities,"Lumière d'Eté " is less appealing than "Pattes Blanches" where Paul Bernard plays a squire again : the first third of the 1943 work drags on a bit and may put off some viewers.Nonetheless,it is essential viewing for anyone interested in the French cinema.


19 of 24 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Lumière d'été (1943) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?