Eclipse Series 34: Jean Grémillon During the Occupation Eclipse Series 34: Jean Grémillon During the Occupation

Eclipse Series 34: Jean Grémillon During the Occupation

 
Eclipse Series 34: Jean Grémillon During the Occupation (Eclipse DVD)

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Though little known outside of France, Jean Grémillon was a consummate filmmaker from his country’s golden age. A classical violinist who turned to directing, he went on to make almost fifty films—from documentaries to avant-garde works to melodramas with major stars—in a thirty-year career. Three of his richest came during a dire period in French history: Remorques, starring Jean Gabin, was begun in 1939 but finished and released after Germany invaded France, and Lumière d’été and Le ciel est à vous were produced during the occupation. These character-driven dramas, the first two cowritten by legendary screenwriter Jacques Prévert, are humane, entertaining, and technically brilliant, and prove Grémillon to be one of cinema’s true hidden masters.

Collector’s Set Includes

Remorques box cover

Remorques

Jean Grémillon 1941

Jacques Prévert cowrote this atmospheric tale of the romantic trials of a tugboat captain, played by the iconic French star Jean Gabin.


Lumière d’été box cover

Lumière d’été

Jean Grémillon 1943

A shimmering glass hotel at the top of a remote Provençal mountain provides the setting for a tragicomic tapestry about an obsessive love pentangle, whose principals range from an artist to a hotel manager to a dam worker.


Le ciel est à vous box cover

Le ciel est à vous

Jean Grémillon 1944

In this uplifting romantic drama, the wife of a mechanic and former fighter pilot falls in love with the idea of flying herself. This soon becomes an obsession, and she undertakes a lofty feat: the longest solo flight ever made by a woman