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Le Joli Mai

Sofracima présente ; un film de Chris Marker et Pierre Lhomme ; librettiste, Catherine Varlin
Video; DVD
"Filmed just after the March ceasefire between France and Algeria, Le Joli Mai documents Paris during a turning point in French history: the first time since 1939 that France was not involved in any war."
Chris Marker; Pierre Lhomme; Pierre L'Homme; Catherine Varlin; Jean Ravel
Narration by Simone Signoret (English version) and Yves Montand (French version).
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146 min.
English version with partial English subitles and and French version with English subtitles
  • Originally issued as a motion picture in France in 1963.
  • Includes booklet in English.
  • Includes versions with and without an interlude sung by Yves Montand.
  • Restored with the support of CNC; 20 minutes from the original have been cut with the permission of Chris Marker.
  • Original mono soundtrack remastered in Dolby digital 2.0.
Variant Title
Title from English subtitles: The Lovely month of May
Related Title
Jouer à Paris.
Playtime in Paris.
D'un lointain regard...
Distant gaze...
Methode 1, exercice de cinêma en 1962.
Exercise in direct cinema.
2-disc DVD deluxe edition
  • Disc 1. Le joli mai: Part I. A prayer from the Eiffel Tower ; Part 2. The return of Fantomas
  • Disc 2. Bonus features: Jouer à Paris = Playtime in Paris / un film de Catherine Varlin (1962, 27 min.) ; D'un lointain regard... = A distant gaze... / un film de Jean Ravel (1964, 12 min.) ; Methode 1, exercice de cinêma en 1962 = Exercise in direct cinema / featuring Pierre Lhomme (1962, 5 min.) ; deleted scenes
  • -- Booklet. Chris Marker: "passionate objectivity"
  • Pierre Lhomme's account
  • Sound engineer Antoine Bonfanti's account
  • Chris Marker
  • Interview with Pierre Lhomme
  • A discussion of the restoration work on Chris Marker and Pierre Lhomme's 'Le joli mai'
  • Points of reference 1962
  • Credits
  • Thank you
  • Chris Marker, 1921-2012 [filmography]
  • Pierre Lhomme, born in 1930-cinematograp her [filmography].
Executive producer, Gisèle Rébillon ; photography, Etienne Becker, Denys Clerval, Pierre Villemain, Pierre Lhomme ; film editor, Eva Zora, Annie Meunier, Madeleine Lecompère ; music, Michel Legrand.
Brooklyn, NY : Icarus Films, [2013]
Terms of Use
Public performance rights secured. [One copy only]
2 videodiscs (146 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (23 pages ; illustrations ; 19 cm)
DVD; NTSC, region 1; widescreen (1.66:1); Dolby digital 2.0 mono.
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