Big classics in black and white

The Louvre has the Mona Lisa - the Lumière festival has Marcel Carné, Federico Fellini, Akira Kurosawa or Billy Wilder. Since you have probably already seen these films (although never in this context: (on the big screen in their latest restored version), each year, Lumière features a selection of monuments of cinema history to amaze and touch audiences and share them with other generations.


Un chien andalou by Luis Buñuel (1929, 25 min)
Film screened in a double feature with Blood of the Beasts by Georges Franju
Two rotting donkey corpses on two pianos. Ants swarming in the palm of a hand, a sliced eye... Legendary images of cinema and recognizable among all others, Un Chien Andalou confronts the subconscious and the rational with a parade of dreamlike images.
Lumière Terreaux Wed 13 5pm | Lumière Institute Thu 14 10am

The Were Five by Julien Duvivier
(La Belle équipe, 1936, 1h44)
Five unemployed working-class friends win the lottery with a ticket they bought together. They decide to build a guinguette (open-air café and dance hall) on the banks of the Marne... A hymn to simple joys, camaraderie and tenderness, starring Jean Gabin and Charles Vanel.
UGC Confluence Wed 13 4:45pm | Villa Lumière Thu 14 7:30pm | Pathé Bellecour Sat 16 9:30pm | Comœdia Sun 17 10:45am

Daybreak by Marcel Carné (Le Jour se lève, 1939, 1h33)
In a building in Paris, two men have a quarrel. The fight turns into a drama. François (Jean Gabin) takes refuge in his room and reminisces about old memories... A major poetic work of pre-war French cinema, punctuated by magnificent flashbacks.
Lumière Terreaux Sun 10 4:45pm | UGC Astoria Wed 13 5:45pm | UGC Confluence Thu 14 7:30pm | Pathé Bellecour Fri 15 9:30pm | Charbonnières-les-Bains Sat 16 8pm

To Be or Not to Be by Ernst Lubitsch (1942, 1h30)
Warsaw, 1939. A theatre troupe rehearses Gestapo, a comic play about Hitler... A masterpiece of comedy, the humour of To Be or Not to Be is ferocious, the writing brilliant and the staging unbeatable.
Comœdia Sun 10 2pm | Décines Wed 13 2pm | UGC Astoria Thu 14 8pm | UGC Confluence Fri 15 2:30pm | Lumière Terreaux Sun 17 4:45pm

Blood of the Beasts by Georges Franju (Le Sang des bêtes, 1949, 22 min)
Film screened as a double feature with Un Chien Andalou by Luis Buñuel.
At the heart of the Vaugirard slaughterhouses: the bleeding and beheading of animals, the hard labour of the workers... A powerful documentary with terribly raw images but bathed in the poetic genius of its director.
Lumière Terreaux Wed 13 5pm | Lumière Institute Thu 14 10am

Sunset Blvd. by Billy Wilder (1950, 1h50)
Sunset Boulevard. Joe Gillis (William Holden), a young screenwriter without work or money, is hired by Norma (Gloria Swanson), a former silent film star... A Billy Wilder classic, and undoubtedly one of the most astonishing films about Hollywood.
Comœdia Sun 10 11:15am | Écully Mon 11 5pm | UGC Astoria Wed 13 8pm | Pathé Bellecour Sat 16 9:15pm | UGC Confluence Sun 17 5:45pm

Él by Luis Buñuel (1953, 1h32)
Francesco, a rich Catholic landowner, meets Gloria. He immediately falls in love with her, but Gloria is already engaged to Raul… Thus begins an ordeal. A film by Luis Buñuel from his Mexican period, freely inspired by Mercedes Pinto’s novel.
Villa Lumière Sun 10 11:15am | UGC Confluence Tue 12 2pm | Cinéma Opéra Sat 16 7:30pm | Pathé Bellecour Sun 17 10:45am

Throne of Blood by Akira Kurosawa (Kumonosu-jo, 1957, 1h50)
Japan, 16th century. Washizu (Toshiro Mifune) and Miki (Minoru Chiaki), two warlords returning from a victorious battle, get lost in a big mysterious forest, where they meet a witch who predicts their future... One of the most extraordinary film adaptations of Shakespeare.
Villa Lumière Sat 9 11am | UGC Confluence Sun 10 11am | Pathé Bellecour Mon 11 11:15am | UGC Confluence Sat 16 9pm

Touch of Evil by Orson Welles (1958, 1h50)
In a town on the Mexican border, Mike Vargas is in charge of fighting drug trafficking. A film noir on the edge of good and evil, starring the mysterious Marlene Dietrich.
UGC Confluence Sun 10 7.15pm | Pathé Bellecour Mon 11 4.15pm | UGC Astoria Thu 14 5.45pm | Comœdia Sat 16 10pm | Pathé Vaise Sun 17 4.30pm

Cairo Station by Youssef Chahine (Bab el-Hadid, 1958, 1h17)
Kenawi, a newspaper seller at Cairo's central train station, falls in love with the beautiful Hanuma, who makes her living by selling drinks to travellers. But she rejects his advances and only has eyes for the alluring porter, Abu Serih... A social drama rooted in Egyptian society.
Lumière Terreaux Sun 10 10pm | UGC Confluence Mon 11 11am | Comœdia Wed 13 11:15am | Villa Lumière Fri 15 9:15pm

8 ½ by Federico Fellini (1963, 2h13)
Guido Anselmi (Marcello Mastroianni), a director, is unable to finish his film. Lacking inspiration, he takes refuge in a world filled with memories and fantasies... A mythical masterpiece on the world of cinema, somewhere between dream and reality.
Villa Lumière Sat 9 2pm | UGC Astoria Tue 12 4pm | Pathé Bellecour Wed 13 4pm | Comœdia Sun 17 4:45pm

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