Symposium on Jean Grémillon

  • 120 mins

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Though known as the director of some of the most highly regarded French films of the German Occupation, Jean Grémillon has still to receive his due as one of the creative geniuses of French cinema. His work, which bridges the avant-garde and poetic realism, is full of resonances with several of the major artistic movements of the 20th century. He started directing in the 1920s, one of the most fertile periods of French filmmaking, and his work is imbued with the values of French impressionist cinema. He made a brilliant transition from silent to sound cinema, and his early sound films are notable for their innovative and imaginative use of music and sound effects. His late documentary shorts reflect his continuing experimentation with the film medium and his strong links to the avant-garde and the other arts. EIFF’s retrospective will highlight these links and Grémillon’s use of sound and music, while also positioning these elements in relation to his better-known work.

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