Le joli mai [The Lovely Month of May]

Paris: Chris Marker, 1963. Vintage still photograph from the 1963 film documentary. With stamps from the National Film Archive (noting "duplicate" and "no negative") and a snipe noting that the film will screen on Wednesday, September 18 (1963) as part of the first New York Film Festival. A serious rarity, this being the only still photograph from the film we have ever encountered.

In the Spring of 1962, at the end of the Algerian War, Marker and his cinematographer Pierre Lhomme shot 55 hours of footage on the streets of Paris, interviewing random people, with Marker remaining unseen. The topics range from personal lives to social and political issues, with Marker's commentary in voiceover narrative form, read by Yves Montand in the French version and Simone Signoret in the English version.

Marker shot his legendary short, "La Jetee," simultaneously with this film.

Winner of the 1963 Venice Film Festival award for Best First Work and the Golden Dove Award at the Leipzig DOK Festival.

8 x 10 inches (20 x 25 cm). In an archival mat. Near Fine.

[Book #135568]

Price: $1,650.00