Chris Marker and Pierre Lhomme's LE JOLI MAI (The Lovely Month of May) is a portrait of Paris and Parisians during May 1962;the first springtime of peace after the ceasefire with Algeria ... See full summary »
Reviews

Watch Now

From $3.99 on Amazon Video

2 wins. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Level Five (1997)
Documentary | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The French computer programmer Laura inherits the task of making a computer game of the Battle of Okinawa during World War II. She searches the internet for information on the battle, and ... See full summary »

Director: Chris Marker
Stars: Catherine Belkhodja, Kenji Tokitsu, Nagisa Ôshima
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

French essay film focusing on global political turmoil in the 1960s and '70s, particularly the rise of the New Left in France and the development of socialist movements in Latin America.

Director: Chris Marker
Stars: Laurence Cuvillier, Davos Hanich, François Maspero
Documentary | Biography | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

This documentary tells the story of film director Aleksandr Medvedkin, throughout his life a sincere believer in communism, whose films were repeatedly banned in the Soviet Union. Modern ... See full summary »

Director: Chris Marker
Stars: Léonor Graser, Nikolai Izvolov, Kira Paramonova
Documentary | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In seven different segments, Godard, Klein, Lelouch, Marker, Resnais and Varda show their sympathy and support for the North Vietnamese army during the Vietnam war.

Directors: Joris Ivens, William Klein, and 5 more credits »
Stars: Anne Bellec, Karen Blanguernon, Bernard Fresson
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Real-life individuals discuss topics on society, happiness in the working class among others and with those testimonies the filmmakers create fictional moments based on their interviews. ... See full summary »

Directors: Edgar Morin, Jean Rouch
Stars: Angelo, Nadine Ballot, Régis Debray
Sans Soleil (1983)
Documentary | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

"He wrote me...." A woman narrates the thoughts of a world traveler, meditations on time and memory expressed in words and images from places as far-flung as Japan, Guinea-Bissau, Iceland, ... See full summary »

Director: Chris Marker
Stars: Florence Delay, Arielle Dombasle, Riyoko Ikeda
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Director: Chris Marker
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Paris 2002. Yellow cats appears on the walls. Chris Marker is looking for these mysterious cats and captures with his camera the political and international events of these last two years (war in Iraq...).

Director: Chris Marker
Stars: Bertrand Cantat, Dieudonné, Léon Schwartzenberg
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A documentary of black art.

Directors: Ghislain Cloquet, Chris Marker, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Jean Négroni, François Mitterrand, Pope Pius XII
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Director: Chris Marker
Junkopia (1981)
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A short film that shows Boundless, Surreal objects that are juxtaposed with our present World. Cars, Motorways, noise of our modern society; A giant city in the distance - all that shrouds ... See full summary »

Directors: John Chapman, Chris Marker, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Arielle Dombasle
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Director: Chris Marker
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Chris Marker ...
Himself / Interviewer (voice)
...
Narrator (French version) (voice)
...
Narrator (English version) (voice)
Edit

Storyline

Chris Marker and Pierre Lhomme's LE JOLI MAI (The Lovely Month of May) is a portrait of Paris and Parisians during May 1962;the first springtime of peace after the ceasefire with Algeria and the first time in 23 years that France was not involved in any war. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Documentary

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

1 May 1963 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Der schöne Mai  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$2,101 (USA) (20 September 2013)

Gross:

$20,178 (USA) (20 September 2013)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(2006 re-cut)

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Features Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Intriguing documentary (even in a shorter cut)
11 August 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Saddened by Chris Marker's recent passing, I felt a desire to watch one of his films. I loved Sans Soliel and La Jetee but had never watched Le Joli Mai, one of his most famous movies. Unfortunately, in America, Le Joli Mai is hard to come by. I was only able to track down a shorter version (about two hours) which was not of great quality and stingy on the subtitles. Despite these irritations, I mostly enjoyed my viewing experience. Marker has set out to capture a specific place at a specific time (Paris in May of 1962). He interviews the old and the young, stockbrokers and working men, couples in love and a woman in prison. Along the way, Marker treats us to his meditations on life, civic responsibility, and, of course, pictures of cats (Marker loves cats). I did not find any references to Vertigo (Marker's favorite film), but maybe I was not paying close enough attention.

The best interviews in Le Joli Mai focus on citizens who have experienced conflict. The communist priest was my favorite. I also found the interviews with an Algerian laborer and an African immigrant to be fascinating. The concluding interview with a woman (off camera) in prison grounded the film in reality. Marker is not interested in giving the viewer a picture postcard look at Paris. Rather, Marker digs deeper to show the viewer what tourists do not see and interview people tourists do not meet. It is also clear that the interviewer (Marker, I assume) is taken aback by the political apathy that some of his subjects express. However, the film never takes easy swipes or becomes an ego project the way some more recent documentaries have a tendency to. The funniest moment is when the interviewer tries to convince a salesman to go to the cinema and watch Last Year at Marienbad. Needless to say, the man is skeptical. His taste in film is very different to Marker's more intellectual preferences.

Le Joli Mai, at least in the shortened cut I saw, is not up there with Sans Soliel, but it does deserve to be more widely available in the United States. Perhaps now that Marker is dead, some distributor will take a chance on Le Joli Mai.


8 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Le joli mai (1963) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?