Who does not remember Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron singing and dancing next to the Seine in "An American in Paris" by Vincente Minnelli ? The best-known songs such as “I got Rhythm” and “S’Wonderful” always put you in a good mood. From 4 March 2017, you will be able to rediscover Paris after the war in this musical directed by the British star dancer and choreographer Christopher Wheeldon.
As the years pass and we move further from "les années noires" of the Occupation an honest and non-judgemental discussion of what happened, and why, becomes easier. But this has not always been the case. Jon Davies, who teaches French cinema at Morley College, gets back to one of France's darkest historical periods and the way it has been depicted by French cinema.
Some consequences of the World War have been ignored for a long time. "The Innocents" is the story of one of them. Anne Fontaine’s latest film immerses us in a Polish convent after the war, where nuns have been affected by violent events and are trying to recover. On British screens on 11 November 2016.
The biggest explosion of French and francophone cinema in the UK will hit cinemas in November as part of a major expansion of the French Film Festival UK, an annual event now in its 24th year.
Films which will be screened during the festival include new as well as some of the old classic films.
- Cesanne et moi
- Death of Louis XIV
- Monsieur Chocolat
- La Grande Vadrouille
- Fanny, Marius and César (The trilogy)
- Napoléon by Abel Gance