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Jean Grémillon During Occupation (Criterion Collection) DVD
Jean Grémillon During Occupation (Criterion Collection)

Jean Grémillon During Occupation (Criterion Collection)

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Though little known outside of France, Jean Grmillon is a consummate filmmaker from his country's golden age. A classically trained violinist who discovered cinema as a young man when his orchestra was hired to accompany silent movies, he went on to makealmost fifty films-which ranged from documentaries to avant-garde works to melodramas with major stars-in a career that started in the mid-1920s and didn't end until the late 1950s. Three of his richest films came during a dire period in French history:Remorques, starring Jean Gabin, was begun in 1939 but finished and released after Germany invaded France, and Lumire d't and Le ciel est vous were produced during the occupation. These are character-driven dramas that reveal either a society on the precipice of doom or people breaking free of societal limitations; humane, entertaining, and technically brilliant, they show Grmillon to be one of cinema's true hidden masters.RemorquesJacques Prvert cowrote this atmospheric tale of the romantic trials of a tugboat captain, played by the iconic French star Jean Gabin. For Andr and the other members of the Cyclone's crew, existence is harshly divided between the danger of the stormy seas and the safety of life at home with their patient women. When Andr meets temptation in the form of the alluring Catherine (Michle Morgan) during a risky rescue, he comes perilously close to betraying his wife (Madeleine Renaud) of ten years. The haunting Remorques is distinguished by beautiful tracking shots and cunning special-effects work.Lumiere d'eteA shimmering glass hotel at the top of a remote Provenal mountain provides the setting for a tragicomic tapestry about lives on the edge. This Jacques Prvert and Pierre Laroche-scripted tale o
Title: Jean Grémillon During Occupation (Criterion Collection)
Genre: Drama, Foreign-French
Starring: Jean Gabin, Alain Cuny, Madeleine Renaud, Michele Morgan, Paul Bernard, Pierre Brasseur, Madeleine Robinson, Charles Vanel, Jean Debucourt
Director: Jean Gremillon
Studio: Criterion Collection
Number of Discs: 3
Release Date: 7/24/2012
Product Type: DVD
UPC: 715515097215
Item #: 280406X

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