Discover 2014 INA's productions catalog : Art and Culture
Writer, essayist, and translator Jean-Paul Manganaro analyses the work of one of cinema’s landmarks, Federico Fellini, using two of his works: "La Dolce Vita" and "8 ½".
Manganaro describes how Fellini realized that our world had become the world in films and went about creating a new persona: the filmmaker as an artist.
A theatre actress since the age of 15, Monica Vitti lit up the sky in Cannes in 1960 with her outstanding performance in the role of a protagonist uncomfortable in her own skin in Antonioni’s "l’Avventura".
Catapulted to worldwide fame as the muse embodying alienation of people in the modern world in Antonioni’s 5 films, this blond beauty with a raspy voice then shifts course to become, a few movies later, a great funny, dark-haired actress of popular Italian cinema with Monicelli, Risi, Scola and Fondato, and of the same stature as Sordi, Tognazzi and Mastroianni.
She is a woman of her time, always ready to challenge the traditional image of women through her roles, interviews and performances: "I am a woman of my time and in sync with it!"
Marguerite once said that: "Many people believe that it is not my place to talk about film. I believe everyone can talk about film". It was this type of forward thinking, this type of joyful energy that I wanted to communicate through this new film when I decided to show Marguerite Duras talking about film. She also said: "[film] is not an essential function, it is a grab-bag filled with derivative and failed aspirations and sundry bitterness. But at the same time, that is what makes it appealing". Dominique Auvray
The film is about Françoise Giroud, who in 1952 founded, along with Jean-Jacques Servan Schreiber, the French weekly news magazine l’Express which heralds an entirely new style of journalism and elucidates politics in France after the war.
The documentary is based on editorials and auto-biographical texts and combines elements of her private and public life which Françoise Giroud comments on and uses to talk about her life and to describe world events that she analyses with a keenness and depth of perception that remain current and relevant.
The film includes commentaries by her daughter and journalist Caroline Eliacheff and by the journalist Alix de Saint-André.
This film is part of a collection on current cinema ("Cinéma de notre temps") and consists of an interview by Bernard Benoliel of Jacques Nolot (French actor, screenplay writer, and director) who talks about his autobiographical work in cinema.
Jean Yanne is a happy humorist who from the 1950s to the 1980s used derision and satire with unshakable composure.
Dinner theatres, radio, television, and cinema: he was workaholic who promoted his image of a boor and a nag who makes people laugh and sometimes gets on their nerves, but who never leaves them feeling indifferent. He was an exceptionally talented actor; he worked for Chabrol, Pialat, Wargnier, Costa Gavras, and numerous others.
The film is also the portrait on an era where mass unemployment did not exist, where the economy was growing by almost 6% per year, and where it was "forbidden to forbid".
A film in three parts that chronicles the first decades of French television using Ina archives and without additional commentary.
Communion: television adopts age-old rituals taken from religion and authority.
Commotion: under the direct influence of emotion-at-any-price, television invents its own rituals.
Connexion: the last part falls under the sphere of addiction, the future of television and the world. Watching television has become a universal ritual.
Scientific Advisor : Olivier Widmaier Picasso.
Centered on the public figure that was Picasso, this film narrates how this exceptionally gifted artist, who mastered his destiny and the mass media, helped forge his own self professed legend, including his private life, to become the universal incarnation of the creative genius.
Chilean director Patricio Guzmán gives us a lesson in filmmaking during the preparation of his latest feature-film "El boton de nacar" ("The Mother-of-Pearl Button").
Writer, poet, rector of the Academy of Amiens and that of Paris (regional administrative bodies for schools) after the events of May 68 and founder of the University of Picardy, Robert Mallet (1915-2002) was a man of conscience whose life spanned the twentieth century. He launched the first public discussions on the moral duties of scientists. Mallet was a humanist who was deeply rooted in his native Picardie, where he fought numerous battles to protect Somme Bay and to preserve the region’s cultural heritage. Mallet was a brilliant intellectual who sparked globalist thinking (a unified world order) and who left his mark in a domain that straddles the transmission of knowledge and creative writing. Through him, we get a glimpse at France during the post WWII economic boom that lasted thirty years, les trente glorieuses.
For the last 20 years, Vincent Dieutre has been creating on the converging edges of fiction, of the documentary and of plastic art. Through his work the aesthetics of film and its form are re-thought and explored, in depth.
This film is a long look at his daily work. It is a critical analysis of his work, structured like an alphabet book read out by Françoise Lebrun.
David Teboul uses home-movie footage that has never been used, excerpts from feature films and passages from her autobiography to construct a rare and sensitive portrait of a mythical, passionate and self-contradictory woman.
A filmed portrait of Roland Barthes, his person and his voice and no one else’s: a documentary composed of film and audio archives, personal belongings such as photographs, his writings and settings from his everyday life in Paris.
It took two years of work and 300 hours spent viewing archives, some of which were found in Ina’s archives, to create the portrait of this stupendous filmmaker. A journey through the amazing work of Bernardo Bertolucci, told in the first person.
French music producers Jacques Canetti and Eddie Barclay fought over some of the biggest names on the French music scene in the 1950s and 60s: Georges Brassens, Jacques Brel, Serge Gainsbourg, Claude Nougaro, Léo Ferré, Jean Ferrat, Dalida, Juliette Greco, Johnny Hallyday and many more. The film recounts how their destinies and swords crossed.
Who hides behind the mask of France’s "fou chantant" (singing madman)? Karl Zéro unveils the dark side of Charles Trenet using forgotten footage and the impressions and recollections of close friends such as Charles Aznavour and Jean-Jacques Debout.
The Théâtre du Châtelet celebrates its 150th anniversary. This film goes back over the history of a theatre that is a pillar of cultural life in Paris. Through its greatest productions one discovers the soul of a theatre that has always been the stage for both popular and avant-garde productions.
A history of documentary filmmaking seen through the prism of technological evolution from the Lumière brothers to the present.
The Samurai confronts the Professional, Rocco vs. Guignolo. Alain Delon and Jean-Paul Belmondo have been emblematic figures of French cinema for more than half a century. They are frequently compared. This film is a duel of legends conveyed, with a certain degree of humour, by Véronique Jacquinet.
On the 50th anniversary of her death, Philippe Kohly recounts the tumultuous love life of the legendary French singer through this musical documentary. An entire life told through photographs, archive footage and the reading out of letters written by Edith Piaf that cover her entire lifespan.
Jean Seberg was discovered by Otto Preminger and introduced to the screen in his 1957 film "Saint Joan". "In Breathless" by Jean-Luc Godard, she is resplendent, but that was before she encountered Romain Gary, the Black Panthers, depression, and alcohol. This film is a moving portrait of the icon of the Nouvelle Vague, or how the tragic destiny of a magnificent actress became a film myth. Clint Eastwood provides touching insights.
Michel Foucault’s work spans thirty years and served to build a multifaceted career that is widely recognised groundbreaking and is a source of inspiration for many thinkers. He was brilliant, incisive, and iconoclastic. He died in 1984, leaving behind a corpus of rich and extensive work that has been translated in many languages throughout the world.
This documentary departs from the misleading image of an artist who was only concerned with film. In fact, François Truffaut was a highly sensitive man who became involved in many political and social causes: the Algerian war for independence, the legalization of abortion, the May ‘68 movement ... This film is an unostentatious portrait of a fiercely independent and secretive man who liked hiding behind his films.
Françoise Sagan had everything any one could ever want: love, success, money and fame. Her captivating life resembled a novel. She was a successful writer and a modern woman who was way ahead of her time. Did she realize that she was creating an elusive and unclassifiable persona? This film focuses on the building of the myth. The film has two narrators, the director and Sagan’s only son, Denis Westhoff, and provides a very personal depiction and analysis of a modern icon.
Jean Gabin is more than a superstar; he is a legend whose life spanned the twentieth century in wide shots and close-ups. He embodied France. He could play any role, and played every role with remarkable realism and fidelity, always, regardless of the character: worker, soldier, artist, hobo or president ensuring the country’s future. The young man who had absolutely refused to become an actor went on to become the greatest of them all.
There was the bright and popular Joe, who charmed audiences on the Saturday night TV variety show produced by the Carpentier duo, and then there was Dassin, a tortured soul whose anxiety and deep-rooted lack of self-confidence explain the deviant behaviour that led to his untimely death. This is the first time a film connects Joe with Dassin, to reveal a complex and endearing artist.
During the course of a year, a young Vietnamese filmmaker travels around with a troupe of fairground entertainers comprised mainly of transvestites and films them "from the inside’. The troupe is led by Madame Phung, a transvestite and the main subject of the film. The troupe performs in villages in the southern and central parts of the country: they sing, do comedy sketches, and organize games and lotteries. The performers are filmed as they travel around. Their journey is filled with events that reflect the difficult relations they have with the people in a society from which they are excluded.
Marguerite Duras still has much to tell us about her words and about her silences. In this film, hers is the only voice we hear. She talks about herself, without excuses, and with the keen wit, the humour, and the straightforward attitude that became her trademark.
The architect and urban planner Le Corbusier (1887-1965) revolutionized housing and set the rule for a modern vision of community life. He created a new concept in aesthetics and invented a new form of society. Interviews with Le Corbusier and his writings are used in the film to create a dialogue between the man and his time (ideologies, totalitarianism, the arts and his vision of living environments).
The inventor of Inspector Maigret talks about himself through a series of interview excerpts and archives. An original and finely detailed portrait of Simenon and his time created by Pierre Assouline.
Unlike most sculptors who make sculptures for architecture, Niki de Saint-Phalle has integrated architecture into her pieces. Her works enter into a dialogue with archives, texts and photographs to create the self-portrait of a prolific artist and an exceptional person.
A touching portrait of Giuseppe Verdi, composer, a free man, and the symbol of a nation undergoing re-unification, narrated by Nathalie Dessay.
French folk-rock singer Renaud has left the blinding, deforming and unforgiving limelight behind him; but he is still alive and we miss him. And since he does not want to come out of hiding and show his mug, Didier Varrod decided to go out and interview him: his throaty voice is heard narrating the excerpts of archive footage used in this documentary. Varrod also chose to use animated cartoons that depict Renaud so that we could "see" him, anyway. In the film, his friends, the people who have followed the "annoying" singer, provide us with their thoughts on the politically active artist.
The film is comprised of an interview with the filmmaker, of the opinions and impressions of historians, filmmakers, and the people with whom he worked, and of films excerpts and exceptional archives … A journey through the career of filmmaker René Clément who directed films such as "Jeux interdits" ("Forbidden Games"), "Plein soleil" ("Purple Noon"), and "Paris brûle-t-il?" ("Is Paris Burning?").
In 1938, the recently created American comic book industry —nurtured by the experiences of recent immigrants— pulls out of the depression and starts to soar; the first superhero is created, Superman. The comics industry and, subsequently, film and television, went on to create other superheroes, all evermore adapted to the fears and challenges that crossed time, and finally laid the foundations for a world-wide multi-billion dollar industry. The story is told by their creators using archives and film excerpts.
The film evolves like an investigation into the life of Georges Orwell during the five years he spent in Burma, a period that established essential aspects of his work and in particular of his most famous novel, "1984". The film tries to shed light on the amazing and singularly visionary nature of the English writer’s work: the future of the world and that of Burma — the latter being subject of his first predictions.