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 »

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Chris Marker, Pierre Lhomme (co-director)
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Chris Marker ... Self / Interviewer (voice)
Yves Montand ... Narrator (French version) (voice)
Simone Signoret ... Narrator (English version) (voice)
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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

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Documentary

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Among personalities viewed in the streets of Paris, this documentary shows directors Jean-Luc Godard (driving his car), Alain Resnais (as a pedestrian) , Jean Rouch (taking a drink in a bar). See more »

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Narrator (English version): Why search for beauty in a dove and poetry in poets? When you have owls, painters, cosmonauts, inventors, lovers...
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References Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962) See more »

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13 February 2004 | by FilmReviewInspectorSee all my reviews

Historical look at Paris in May, 1962. Chris Marker questions a variety of Parisians the month the Algerian War ended on a plethora of topics ranging from racism to dancing. Images are accompanied by commentary, providing statistics ("14 people died of suicide, 10 male, 4 female"), and philosophical musings ("maybe the truth is not only the end, but also the means"). Marker also employs humor when a scene of men discussing technology and leisure is juxtaposed with pictures of cats, while obviously undermining their rambling it also offers more possibilities for interpretation. The freewheeling camera work and insistent questioning create a cachet of curiosity.


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

1 May 1963 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Paris, France

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,662, 15 September 2013

Gross USA:

$55,038

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$55,038
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Sofracima See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(2006 re-cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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