Director: Chris Marker, Pierre Lhomme
Cast: The people of Paris.
Country: France, 1962
Duration: 145 minutes
The Lovely Month of May is a portrait of Paris and Parisians shot during May 1962.
It is a film with several thousand actors including a poet, a student, an owl, a housewife, a stockbroker, a competitive dancer, French lovers, General de Gaulle and several cats.
The Lovely Month of May documents Paris during a turning point in French history: the first “spring of peace” in France following the Algerian War.
Chris Marker, his co-director Pierre Lhomme and their crew conduct “man on the street” interviews to see what Parisians are concerned about — the answers range from colonialization, strikes and racial inequality to making clothing for cats. The result is a playful, fresh and honest snapshot of one of the most incredible cities in the world.
“Le Joli Mai is a priceless portrait of a country in transition; it displays the reality that lay underneath the hip, glamorous Paris-set films the French New Wave made around the same time.”