American musical comedy, Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen. With Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor. Debbie Reynolds. Jean Hagen. Cyd Charisse. Rita Moreno (1952. 1h43). Restored in 4K and in theaters from June 1st.
Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly's musical masterpiece, the greatest musical ever written, celebrates 70 years. This film is still fresh and new in its restored version. However, the original plan was for Howard Keel (bass-baritone at MGM) to play the main part. Gene Kelly was busy filming "An American In Paris" and the censor board objected to Gene Kelly's line "What are your doing later?" suggested "a possible sexual perversion."
The miracle still happened: Gene Kelly dug cavities to drain the puddles, choreographed and performed the scene in the rain despite having a slight cold. Stanley Donen, his accomplice in the crime, added milk to the water in raindrops to make them appear in Technicolor. Debbie Reynolds, a young actress at 19, was martyred. She was not a dancer and performed the forced tap dance under Kelly's disapproving eyes. The sets were made from old Greta Garbo films. John Gilbert, her unhappy lover, was the model for Gene Kelly. Busby Berkeley was the film's fictional director. The sublime Cyd Charisse was inspired by Louise Brooks who was a super-sexy vamp in the 1920s.
The mystery of the filming was that every day at 5 p.m. the water pressure dropped, causing the rain to turn to dew and interrupting Gene Kelly's entrechats. After much investigation, we discovered that this was when the Californians returned from work and started watering their lawns. "Broadway Melody", the final ballet, was rehearsed over a month and shot in two weeks. It lasts fifteen minutes on screen. Donald O'Connor is the unfortunate child of circus acrobats and sole survivor in a family that included six brothers. He makes people laugh with "Make'Em Laugh". One note of humor: On November 21, 1951, the filming party ended under the rain of cinema. Guests had to bring an umbrella. It's all about the smile magic, movie gem, nugget, musical diamond and nugget of happiness that this film has to offer. It's a must-see film that you have to go back and again. Francois Forestier
American adventure film by Colin Trevorrow with Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard. Jeff Goldblum (2h26).
The dinosaurs, our friends and foes, are back! They have escaped from their campus and invaded the Earth like Chinese viruses (but larger). Rotten smugglers are trying to take Maisie, a cloned girl, while Sam Neill (and Jeff Goldblum), frenzied scientists try to stop the invasion of poutinosaurs. Massive special effects and mass fights, green message (don’t touch the stupid ones), and ultra-functional staging. Despite its length, the show is well worth watching. Summer success is guaranteed. F.F.
Argentinian drama comedy by Santiago Mitre with Melvil Poupaud and Vimala Pons. Francoise Lebrun (1h38).
Every Thursday night in Auvergne, Jose (Daniel Hendler), an Argentinian cartoonist kills Jean-Claude (Melvil Poupaud), a wealthy, attractive bachelor, oenologist and music lover. He returns to his home to care for his 1-year-old girl while Lucie Pons, his partner, is busy at work. This routine and the bloody murder committed with a garden shovel has a great advantage: it doesn't have any consequences. Jean-Claude is able to get up when the day ends. The dead are still alive. He even whistles. Santiago Mitre from Argentina, who we owe Ricardo Darin's excellent "El Presidente", adapts this novel by Iosi Havilio (Denoel 2017, 2017). His magical realism, fantastic everyday, and gory fantasy routine - the ghosts take out the garbage and pick up the dead leaves. The execution is flawless and the interpretation is excellent. The Melvil Poupaud, who was resuscitated, deserves special mention. Jerome Garcin
British horror film directed by Alex Garland. With Jessie Buckley and Rory Kinnear. Paapa Essiedu (1h40).
A young girl is forced to live alone in a rural house after her boyfriend disappears. Eight different versions of the same mysterious man visit her, transforming themselves into plant creatures, teenagers, and real estate agents. There is very little here, except for Rory Kinnear's performance in the James Bond films. This bizarre and psychoanalytical film ends with a gore-filled finale. Anxiety is never a good thing. We should be shaking. Instead, we hold back an embarrassed giggle. The film's last few minutes end on a punitive and accusatory note, which seems to suggest that the heroine gets only what she deserves. X.L.
Drame turc par Ferit Karahan, avec Samuel Yildiz, Ekin Koc, Mahir Ipek (1h25).
A punishment is imposed on a young Anatolia resident. The school is more like a penitentiary than a school. The child becomes dangerously ill after his friend challenges the indifferent administration. Then, begins the dance of incompetent adults making hypocritical faux pas. This is a childhood comedy that dares to be scathing about adults' lack of responsibility. The background is a disillusioned view of contemporary Turkey. Xavier Leherpeur
Hadas Ben Aroya's Israeli drama comedy, with Elisheva Youil, Leib Lev Lenin and Yoav Hait (1h30).
Three stories, three chapters. A boy is looking for a girl she is pregnant with. He has a new girlfriend with whom he can fulfill his sexual fantasies. She begins a romantic relationship with an elderly man. Hadas Ben Aroya's ambitious portrait of a generation searching for itself has many elements. We all like Hadas Ben Alroya's style: long shots on the shoulder, scenes with unbridled sexuality and tonality cool-detached. The film, whose subject matter is, according to the director, "intimacy", is fascinating to some but not to others. It is divisive and not always convincing. F.F.
Documentary about Israel by Michale Bogam (1h33).
How was Israel received by Jews from North Africa (the Mizrahim), the Middle East (the North Africa)? They were treated differently. She follows the example of her father, who led a movement that was modeled after the Black Panthers. She meets three generations of witnesses to this time: they recount the 1960s and 1970s as well as the silent segregation and forced displacements. They also discuss the installation of manu militari in the Negev cities. The film is somewhere between investigation and introspection. It examines hidden racism and asks: Why was the Promised Land not offered to everyone? It is evident that the emotion is strong. F.F.
Rene Clement's French drama, featuring Gerard Philipe and Valerie Hobson. Joan Greenwood (1954; 1h40).
Gerard Philipe Festival: He is everywhere and the film wouldn't exist without him. The cynical Don Juan, who flirts with all the women with aplomb, hypocrisy and sex, is an unforgettable character who will be punished. Hot on the heels for Forbidden Games' success, Rene Clement adapts a novel written by Louis Hemon (dialogues from Raymond Queneau), with a strong fascination with male beauty. This is the strength of the acid film: Gerard Philipe's charm contrasts with the scheming nature of his character. This is an extraordinary cinematic lesson. You must see it and learn from it. Fun fact: This is Valerie Hobson's last role. She will marry John Profumo after being implicated in Britain's worst post-war sex scandal. F.F.
French drama comedy by Tony Gatlif with Tchavolo Schitt, Lou Rech and Mandino Reinhardt (1h27 2002).
This fun film, which was unnoticed at the time it was released in 2002 is an uplifting tribute to gypsy music. On vacation, a little gadjo meets the gypsies and learns to play the guitar. He meets virtuosos and develops romantic feelings towards Swing, his Roma girlfriend. As the summer winds down, Tony Gatlif with his trademark talent ("Latcho Drom", "Gadjo Dilo", and "Tom Medina") films amazing artists, including the exceptional Tchavolo Schmitt, and walks with a smile on his face through a magical musical landscape. We snap our fingers and leave Django's shadow behind, glad to be alive. It's a 100% positive movie. F.F.
Ukrainian documentary by Iryna Tisilyk (1h14).
A family of gynoeciums attempts to direct and write a documentary that blends diary and reconstruction fiction in 2020 in Ukraine. Anna's daughter, despite the terror and precariousness of the situation, tries to incorporate a film school and complete the project that becomes the dream of all the women in this house. It's a film within a movie during wartime, which is both funny and very successful. The falsely anecdotal tone hides the question about art, and the seventh in particular as catharsis. It is now more important than ever. X.L.
Ayumu Watanabe's Japanese animated film (1h37).
Ms. Nikuko is full of tenderness, joie-de vivre and gluttony. She is a colorful woman, who shines brightly in the eyes of all she meets. Her daughter, in particular, is overwhelmed by her mother's generosity and cumbersome nature. This is a colorful and picaresque tale about rural, proletarian, and seaside Japan. This wacky maternal chronicle conceals a significant reflection on the woman's body and its discovery. X.L.
Collective work under the dir. Christophe Triollet (LettMotif), 524 p. 39.90 euros.
How does it all work? Politics, religion, and nationalism all play a part, as well as chance and the D system. The "new fascisms", as described by Hassouna Mensouri, are portrayed through the example of Tibetan cinema (Francoise Robison) and the scandal of the Empire of the Senses (Albert Montagne). This is a comprehensive overview of the ravages of Anastasie in Pakistan, Iran, or Lebanon. Filmmakers are often forced to flee, face criminal charges, or banned from filmmaking. However, the animated image is more popular than ever and even more dominant. F.F.