Le joli mai

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  • "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."--www.icarusfilms.com


  • 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.
  • DVD; NTSC, region 1; widescreen (1.66:1); Dolby digital 2.0 mono.
  • English version with partial English subtitles and French version with English subtitles; optional French subtitles for the hearing impaired and optional audio description in French.


  • 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-cinematographer [filmography]
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