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Le Joli Mai (The Lovely Month Of May)

Icarus Films   (1963) / Region 1
Le Joli Mai (The Lovely Month Of May)

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Le Joli Mai (The Lovely Month Of May)

Restored and now available on DVD for the first time, Le Joli Mai is Chris Marker (La Jetee) and Pierre Lhomme's legendary portrait of Paris during the month of May, 1962. Filmed just after the ceasefire that ended France's colonial war in Algeria, Le Joli Mai captures the people of Paris during the first springtime of peace, as they struggle to make sense of their moment in history. "One of the earliest examples of cinema verite," (The New York Times) ~~Le Joli Mai premiered in the U.S. at the very first New York Film Festival in 1963. The film features a musical score by Academy Award winning composer Michel Legrand, and English commentary by Academy Award winning actress Simone Signoret.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Dec 20 2013
  • Production Year 1963
  • Empire SKU 1684203
  • UPC Code 854565001626
  • Studio  Icarus Films
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 2
  • Disc SS-DL


Playtime In Paris (Catherine Varlin / 1962 / 27')
A Distant Gaze... (Jean Ravel / 1964 / 12')
Exercise In Direct Cinema (1962 / 5'), Featuring Pierre Lhomme
Both English And French Versions
Deleted Scenes
24 Page Booklet


  • Audio
    English Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Video
    Standard 1.33:1 B&W

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