In collaboration with Gennevilliers Conservatory
April 5, 2013, 20h30
Cinéma Jean Vigo, Gennevilliers
April 7, 2013, 17h
Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, Paris
*Performed by the students of Gennevilliers Conservatory and the ensemble Court-circuit
Berlin, Nice: two cities, two films
Only Jean Vigo could reconcile the power of film with biting social criticism in A propos de Nice (1930 - About Nice). And in so doing, he invented a formula which, even today, retains its effectiveness: "the well-informed point of view". What could pass for an arbitrary poetic interpretation doesn't lose sight of its political roots, the confrontation between rich and poor.
This is how Jean Vigo and Boris Kaufman present their work: "About Nice: blue sky, white houses, sparkling sea, sun, many-coloured flowers, joyful hearts, this is how the atmosphere in Nice seems at first, but this is an ephemeral, fleeting appearance, which death awaits, from a city of pleasure…"
The music of François Paris, who has lived in Nice much of his life, plays with the contrasts the film reveals, between direct musical pleasure and complexity.
Another film at the junction between documentary and fiction is Robert Siodmak's Les Hommes le dimanche (1929), which relates a weekend spent in Berlin by five young people strapped for cash. The five characters, all amateur actors, play their own roles in the film. They are all simply men or women. The film illustrates the theme then in vogue of "The life of the people on sunday", but makes a break with the usual commercial set-ups and invents an aesthetic and an economy that New Wave film directors would return to 30 years later. When watched again today, the images of these carefree young Berliners filmed three years before the outburst of Nazism, reveal a world that is gone forever.
Alexandros Markeas's music for a sextet and a pianist improvising (the composer himself) integrates the musical world of the 1920s and creates passages, dialogues and fusions between these melodies and contemporary musical expression.
Cinéma J. Vigo, Cité jardins, 1 rue Pierre et Marie-Curie, 92230, Gennevilliers
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Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, 37 bis bd de la Chapelle, 75010 Paris
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Co-production Conservatory Gennevilliers / ensemble Court-circuit; in partnership with the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord and the cinema Jean Vigo in Gennevilliers