Jean Gabin season at the BFI 2-31 May
Posted by Amélie, on 4 May 2012. Comments: 0
The BFI are holding a retrospective from 2 to 31 May to celebrate the career of classic French movie star Jean Gabin, including classic gems such as La Grande Illusion, Le Quai des Brumes and Maigret tend un piège!
We are teaming up with the BFI to offer you the chance to enjoy the Jean Gabin season with either a pair of tickets for any film of the retrospective or a copy of Julian Jackson's essay on La Grande Illusion!
Just send us an email at email@example.com indicating your preferred prize and two lucky winners will be selected at random to win one of either prize. The winners will be notified by email.
Between 1930 and 1976, magnetic French star Jean Gabin built an unparalleled screen image that encompassed both tragic working-class hero and underworld godfather. Highlights include the extended run of Le Quai des brumes a marvellously moody thriller bittersweet whose atmosphere of fatalistic romanticism is brilliantly sustained by Carné and his cast. Seldom has the seedy side of life seemed so utterly seductive...
Product Description: Jean Renoir's masterpiece La Grande Illusion (1937) tells the story of two French prisoners of war escaping through Germany towards France during World War I. Its themes of divided class, racial and national loyalties and the conflict between patriotism and pacifism made it a controversial film on its release on the eve of World War II. Goebbels, who had once declared the film 'Cinematic Public Enemy Number 1', ordered the prints to be confiscated during the Nazi Occupation of France.
Julian Jackson's compelling study places the film in the context of Renoir's involvement with the left-wing Popular Front, which was split between supporters of an anti-Fascist war and believers in peace at all costs. Jackson highlights the film's ambiguity in its treatnebt of patriotism and pacifism and argues that it is suspended between two historical moments -- the Popular Front of the 1930s and the Vichy regime of the 1940s. He traces the film's history after its release -- it was banned during the 'phoney war' for its pacifist undertones; banned by the Nazis for being too patriotic; disliked by the Resistance for portraying the Germans too sympathetically and for its treatment of anti-Semitism.
Jackson discusses the unforgettable performances of Jean Gabin as the working-class Lieutentant Marechal, Pierre Fresnay as the aristocratic Captain de Boeldieu, Erich von Stroheim as the upper-class Captain von Rauffenstein and Marcel Dalio as the French Jew Rosenthal. He analyses Renoir's highly individual filming style and Marcel Dalio as the French Jew Rosenthal. He analyses Renoir's highly individual filming style and explores his conception of cinematic 'realism'. Finally, he offers his own answer to the mystery of the film's title: what was the great illusion?
More information about this product: BFI Film Classics: La Grande Illusion
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