New: to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Lumière festival, here is a selection of masterpieces that have left their mark on the history of cinema. For neophytes, as well as movie buffs, who like to immerse themselves in some of the best films of the 20th century, these great classics are not to be missed. They can also be rediscovered for the sheer delight of seeing them on the big screen. The mythical Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, 1941) will lead the dance, along with La Règle du jeu (Jean Renoir, 1939), M (Fritz Lang, 1931), Tokyo Story (Yasujiro Ozu, 1953) and many others.
Citizen Kane by Orson Welles (1941, 1h59)
Upon the death of billionaire and press tycoon Charles Foster Kane (Orson Welles), a reporter decides to investigate his life... A pillar of modern cinema, it was elected "Best movie of all time" by the American Film Institute.
Pathé Bellecour Thu.17 6:45pm | Lumière Terreaux Sat.19 2:15pm | Institut Lumière Sun.20 2:30pm
M by Fritz Lang (M – Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder, 1931, 1h50)
In town, little girls are being murdered. Both the police and the underworld, disturbed by the events, lead the investigation... The first modern detective film and a true lesson in expert directing. A monumental classic.
UGC Astoria Tue.15 6pm | Pathé Bellecour Wed.16 2:45pm | Lumière Terreaux Thu.17 11am | Rillieux Thu.17 8pm
La Règle du jeu by Jean Renoir (1939, 1h46)
At a big party in Sologne with aristocrats, games of love and comedy turn into a drama... The most accomplished expression of the French realist pre-war school, on the decomposition of the bourgeoisie.
Comoedia Sun.13 2:30pm | UGC Confluence Wed.16 2:15pm | Pathé Bellecour Thu.17 10:45am
Stagecoach by John Ford (1939, 1h36)
Riding a stagecoach in deep Apache territory, nine passengers try to coexist and survive the Indians... A mythical western, with quasi documentary images of the American West.
Dardilly Sun.13 5:30pm | Comoedia Mon.14 6:30pm | Lumière Terreaux Thu.17 4:30pm | Institut Lumière Sat.19 9:30pm
Tokyo Story by Yasujiro Ozu (Tokyo monogatari, 1953, 2h16)
An old couple visits their children in Tokyo. The latter are occupied and receive the parents with coldness and indifference... The first film, calm yet powerful, by the Japanese master, on the dissolution of the family.
Villa Lumière Sat.12 5:15pm | Pathé Bellecour Thu.17 7pm | UGC Astoria Sun.20 5pm
Le Plaisir by Max Ophuls (1952, 1h33, VFSTA)
Three short stories adapted from Guy de Maupassant, on the theme of pleasure... A film of stunning beauty on the depth of feelings, with the great Danielle Darrieux and Jean Gabin.
Pathé Bellecour Sun.13 2pm | Comoedia Mon.14 2pm | Lumière Fourmi Sat.19 7:15pm
The Night of the Hunter by Charles Laughton (1955, 1h33)
The reverend - and killer - Harry Powell (Robert Mitchum), wants to find the loot revealed by a cellmate condemned to death, but only the children know where the money is hidden... Actor Charles Laughton made this one and only film, featuring hypnotic cinematography.
Pathé Bellecour Sun.13 5pm | UGC Astoria Mon.14 5:45pm | Lumière Terreaux Wed.16 11am
Bizarre, Bizarre by Marcel Carné (Drôle de drame, 1937, 1h34)
London, 1900. Professor Irwin Molyneux, writing under the name “Felix Chapel,”, is the author of crime novels. During a dinner at the Molyneux, Bishop Soper vilifies the literature... A petulant police comedy with excellent dialogues penned by Jacques Prévert.
UGC Astoria Sun.13 5:15pm | Comoedia Wed.16 10:45am | Vénissieux Thu.17 2:30pm | Pathé Bellecour Sat.19 11:15am
Miracle in Milan by Vittorio De Sica (Miracolo a Milano, 1951, 1h36)
Toto was raised by an elderly lady, then in an orphanage. Poor and kind, he helps homeless people whose shantytown dwellings are under threat... A radiant and poetic Palme d’Or, turning the tragic into derision.
Lumière Terreaux Sun.13 11am | Institut Lumière Tue.15 11am | Lumière Fourmi Wed.16 9pm
The Cranes Are Flying by Mikhaïl Kalatozov (Letyat zhuravli, 1957, 1h37)
The war separates Veronika and Boris, who leaves for the front. Without news, Veronika gives in to the persistent advances of Mark and marries him... A wonderful story of love and war, poetic and passionate, winner of the Palme d’Or.
Comoedia Tue.15 7:30pm | Cinéma Opéra Thu.17 5:45pm | UGC Confluence Fri.18 4pm
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