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Lumiere d'ete

This little-known 1943 masterpiece of the French cinema, whose title translates as “Summer Light,” is the work of Jean Gremillon, a filmmaker who worked—against the auteur grain—in a wide range of different styles. Made during the occupation and eventually banned by the Nazis, this film unites documentary and surrealism, sex farce and baroque tragedy in describing the romantic alliances between an artists colony and the castle of an evil nobleman. The film has been compared to The Rules of the Game, yet it has its own strange, ever-changing texture—it seems in some ways an anticipation of Godard. With Paul Bernard, Pierre Brasseur, and Madeleine Renaud; written by Jacques Prevert and Pierre Laroche. In French with subtitles. 112 min.

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