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Read, re-read André Bazin

In attendance of Hervé Joubert-Laurencin, Marianne Dautrey, Murielle Joudet, Benoît Jacquot and Jean-Michel Frodon

With the 3-volume publication of the Écrits complets d'André Bazin, under the direction of Hervé Joubert-Laurencin, the Festival Premiers Plans is looking back over the work of the leading French critic, who was born in Angers in 1918 and was the mentor of the filmmakers of the New Wave. His seminal collection Qu'est-ce que le cinéma ? (What is Cinema?) hid far too many other writings and his work as an art historian. Hervé Joubert-Laurencin will be present to discuss this important work and present some of the favourite films of the visionary critic who died all too young.


Benoît Jacquot, Jean-Michel Frodon
2018 - France - 51mn
With Benoît Jacquot, Jean-Michel Frodon

Leaving for an unknown destination, critic Jean-Michel Frodon and filmmaker Benoît Jacquot converse in a train compartment.
Old friends Jean-Michel Frodon and Benoît Jacquot discuss their relationships to their occupations. As the journey goes by, the meandering conversation queries fundamentals or drifts into unexplored terrain. Simple, erudite, Aller-Retour is a trip with two enthusiasts.
Screenings : tuesday 29 - 5:00 pm - Les 400 coups S5 - followed by a debate with Jean-Michel Frodon - critique
© Florent Bazin

Bazin, roman

Hervé Joubert-Laurencin, Marianne Dautrey
2018 - France - 1h15
With Françoise Lebrun, Jean-Patrice Courtois

Bazin, roman looks back at the development of a an unfinished project by the famous critic André Bazin, co-founder of the Cahiers du Cinéma: a project to make a film on the Romanesque churches of the Saintonge region. Above and beyond the creation of a portrait, the films tries to show the (rarely shown) activity of a film critic.
“Through their project, Hervé Joubert-Laurencin and Marianne Dautrey make the singular proposition of expressing Bazin's intimate relationship with the world through film, which he considered as a mass art capable of bringing the spectator close to reality. Bazin, roman is a journey into the heart of a thought, a materialist conception as yet unseen in history, memory and time. The familiarity of the two filmmakers with the work of the illustrious critic is only the starting point for their ‘invention'. The word invention, in French, also refers to the discovery of a treasure. Can we inherit Bazin's treasure?” (Christophe Gougeon, production note, 2018)
Screenings : wednesday 30 - 10:00 am - Les 400 coups S5 - presented by Hervé Joubert-Laurencin - Marianne Dautrey - followed by a debate with Hervé Joubert-Laurencin - professeur and auteur - Marianne Dautrey - auteur - Benoît Jacquot - director - Murielle Joudand - journaliste - Jean-Michel Frodon - critique

Le Crime de Monsieur Lange

Jean Renoir
1936 - France - 1h20
With René Lefèvre, Florelle, Jules Berry, Marcel Lévesque, Odette Talazac, Henri Guisol, Maurice Baquet

In the North of France, Amédée Lange and Valentine find refuge in a small hotel. Very soon, the clients recognise the murderer on the run that all the newspapers are talking about. While Amédée is resting, Valentine tells them how this naïve young man was led to commit a crime…
In 1935, Jean Renoir was growing closer to the Octobre group while Jacques Prévert was moving away. The Communist cause it at the heart of this militant and educational film which proved able of showing the atmosphere of the time while maintaining a disarming vigour and naturalness. André Bazin focused a great deal on the mythical aspect, (a panorama starting with the character of Lange, switches the other way sweeping over the court before refocusing on him) which he brilliantly analysed: “this astonishing camera movement, apparently contrary to all logic, possibly has secondary, psychological or dramatic justifications (it gives a feeling of dizziness, madness, creates suspense) but its real reason is more essential; it is the spatial expression of the whole staging”.
Screenings : wednesday 30 - 4:15 pm - Multiplexe - 2 - presented by Hervé Joubert-Laurencin - professeur and auteur

Umberto D.

Vittorio De Sica
1952 - Italy - 1h29
With Carlo Battisti, Maria Pia Casilio, Lina Gennari, Ileana Simova, Elena Rea,Memmo Carotenuto

Umberto Domenico Ferrari, a retired teacher, has little reason to be proud of his devotion to the State. The meagre pension he gets from his former employer is not enough to give him a decent living. Alone in the world, the old man has to make do with the company of his dog, Flike…
Umberto D. marks the peak and the conclusion of Vittorio De Sica's neorealist vein. Each of his previous films focused on the innocence of childhood being broken by a difficult social situation (parental abandonment, manipulation by adults leading to delinquency, etc.). Umberto D. is the culmination of this approach, and manages to move us deeply with the simple story of an old man, who hangs on to life thanks to his love for his dog. “Have I made it clear, to those who would still believe, given the assumptions of the script, that Umberto D. is a sentimental melodrama, that it is in fact the cruellest work, the most atrocious statement in its benevolence that the cinema has shown on the human condition?” (André Bazin)
Screenings : thursday 31 - 10:00 am - Les 400 coups S5 - presented by Hervé Joubert-Laurencin - professeur and auteur