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#176 Post by whaleallright » Sun Mar 11, 2012 12:42 am

I read this as a series comprising "films about lighthouses at the end of March" -- since "films about lighthouses in the middle of July" were already the subject of a comprehensive retro at Bologna.

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#177 Post by NABOB OF NOWHERE » Sun Mar 11, 2012 3:45 am

For want of a comma the ship was lost.

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#178 Post by cysiam » Wed Jan 16, 2013 6:01 pm

Starting Saturday the National Gallery in DC will be doing a program on Gremillon.

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#180 Post by NABOB OF NOWHERE » Thu Jun 20, 2013 5:53 pm

Gremfest kicked off tonight at Filmhouse with Remorques. Stellar print courtesy of Cinematheque de Toulouse, apparently the best extant copy. Morgan's lacrimose eyes the proverbial silvery limpid pools. At the finale Gabin's rain-lashed face commanding 'Avance 60 tours!' brought a collective welling up amongst the 60 souls gathered there.
According to the projectionist all 35 mm prints save DCP for the digitally restored Lumiere and a 16mm print for Amour d'une femme. Gardiens is the tinted Tokyo restoration. Anyone within striking distance. Avance 60 tours.
Symposium and Lumiere tomorrow.

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#181 Post by david hare » Thu Jun 20, 2013 7:05 pm

Slurp, drool, head spinning with green bile.....

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#182 Post by GaryC » Thu Jun 20, 2013 8:39 pm

At the risk of making David's head spin even faster, presumably the same retrospective plays at the BFI Southbank in London in July.

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#183 Post by A man stayed-put » Fri Jun 21, 2013 5:40 am

GaryC wrote:At the risk of making David's head spin even faster, presumably the same retrospective plays at the BFI Southbank in London in July.
Fantastic news, London here I come! From everything I've read (including david hare and Screck's excellent posts on this forum) the chance to finally see Gueule d'amour pretty much justifies the exorbitant train fare.

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#184 Post by NABOB OF NOWHERE » Fri Jun 21, 2013 5:00 pm

A few titbits from the GremSympo.
A copy of Astrologie has been found and will be shown during the programme. Amazingly it turned out to be 30 minutes long instead of the reported 12 min length. Apparently a world premiere half a century late.

La Petite Lise is under an embargo from Pathé. The good news (perhaps) is that it is undergoing a full restoration. Let's hope it's the team that did Tess and the Tourneur set and not Equipe du Paradis.

The opening music was the score to Tour au large. A few pages back and you will see the correspondence kicked off by pianola (Rex Lawson) about having found the original Pleyel rolls in a street market.
Well, during his paper about Grem's use of music and his influences Ricardo....(I'll check his name later and even try and get a copy of his paper) mentioned he had seen dear old Rex play it in a concert at Berkley and had followed the exchanges here on this very forum.

In the internet everyone can hear you scream.

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#185 Post by david hare » Fri Jun 21, 2013 7:32 pm

I am screaming now.
For those many doubting souls who were convinced Rex was another fraud, or a phantom I remained resolutely convinced of his veracity all along. To the point that we exchanged numerous PMs amongst which those of Rex were written in distinctly formal gentleman's English, a refreshing blast in this age of callow instaneity. Among other things he kindly invited me to afternoon tea at his London Flat while his wife, who is an Agent handling numerous international conductors was on tour with one of them in South America. I had to regretfully decline this charming invitation as - and I explained meticulously to Rex - I was over 12,000 Kilometres away which presented us with a rather complex and lengthy travel arrangement for arvo tea. I find it impossible to discern his age. COuld be anything from 40 to infinity.

I would love to met Rex one day, in the course of things.... possibly for arvo tea.

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#186 Post by NABOB OF NOWHERE » Wed Jul 10, 2013 12:13 pm

Now that Gremfest is up and running in London perhaps more people can catch up on these rare showings,mostly on 35mm prints, which for the most part were the best examples we are ever likely to see projected. Particularly the shorts which I believe to be a first for the UK, certainly the re-discovered Astrologie. Rumour has it that Montparnasse are considering a collection of these for DVD but whisper it doucement. Unfortunately a hospitalised missus and emergency dash to vet with dog meant I lost out on the last screenings including David Cairns doc on Natan but hopefully someone else will get to see and comment.

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#187 Post by pianola » Thu Jul 11, 2013 11:55 am

Hello gang. Invisible man here. I'm 65 years old for my sins, with a long beard, now fairly uniformly white. The rumours of my performing Tour au Large in Berkeley are substantially correct, and indeed you can hear, yes hear, an excerpt of about four minutes on the web. Start here:

http://radiom.org/detail.php?omid=OMP.2012.11.03.2.A" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Go to the bottom of the page, and click on the very last word, "Listen".

A new, small, blank window will appear. Then you have to wait for rather longer than you might think, until a list of 15 musical items is displayed, with a spoken introduction playing automatically. Click on the last of the list, no. 15, and hey presto, it's "Tour au Large". If you want to see the beard in action (not necessarily recommended!), there are some photos on Flickr:

http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=rex+lawson+berkeley" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

I didn't want the whole piece to be recorded, for various reasons. The main one is that I haven't seen either the film or a score, and there are absolutely no dynamic indications on the roll, so I don't want to deliver an inadequate performance to the world, to be copied on to YouTube for a generation. What I would love is to see anything that remains of the film, which might give some clues as to whether there are scenes of the fish being offloaded to market, fishermen whistling and so on, in addition to the obvious raging sea, engine and bell sounds. But Nabob suggests that a score exists, which means that there might indeed be marked dynamics and indeed barlines. How would I get a copy?

My invitation to David stands, as it does to anyone within striking distance of Hither Green. The roll belonged to F. Castillo, who was in charge of music for Ciné Latin in Paris in the 1920s, and from handwritten notes on another of the rolls which I found, he was obviously friendly with the people at Pleyel, who perforated it.

Happy listening!

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#188 Post by pianola » Thu Jul 11, 2013 12:47 pm

I'm going to settle down in a minute. It's dawning on me that the music of Tour au Large that was played at the Grémillon symposium in Edinburgh must have been the same excerpt that I have just linked to in my previous post, being the recording from my concert in Berkeley. Anyway, my comments on my earnest desire to see any surviving bits of the film still stand. There is rumoured to be a lady professor in south-west France who has some rushes, but I never got anywhere by email.

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#189 Post by david hare » Thu Jul 11, 2013 7:54 pm

Lovely to hear from you old duck!

(Who's the old duck? I am just shy of 64.)

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#190 Post by NABOB OF NOWHERE » Fri Jul 12, 2013 7:56 am

Yes and hello Rex from me too. I spoke about you to Riccardo ??? who delivered a paper on Gremillon's music at the EIFF symposium. He said he would send me a copy when he had revised it and if you like i can forward that to you or anyone interested if I am allowed. He confirmed that Tour au Large has to be considered lost and that only 3 minutes or so of the rushes or maybe just the location scouting shots (repérages) exist and have been shown, but not at Edinburgh. If I ever pass through Hither Green I'll come knocking. Don't forget to look at the BFI Southbank Gremillon programme that's running while you can.

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#191 Post by NABOB OF NOWHERE » Wed Oct 02, 2013 6:16 pm

Grem featured in the current Cahiers du Cinema.

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#192 Post by whaleallright » Tue May 06, 2014 6:20 pm

"The following articles are recent appreciations of Jean Grémillon's films by current Cahiers editor-in-chief Stéphane Delorme and curator and film theorist Dominique Païni, a former head of the Cinémathèque Française. Dominique Païni’s article was originally published as part of Cahiers' "Eleven Stations for a Poetic History of French Cinema," an alternative history of French cinema inspired by the release of Leos Carax’s "Holy Motors." Stéphane Delorme’s text was included in a special section of the magazine dedicated to rediscovering Jean Grémillon."

http://www.indiewire.com/article/cahier ... -gremillon" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

(oddly, Païni misses or neglects to mention the rather direct citation of/borrowing from La Petite Lise in the opening scenes of Les Amants du Pont Neuf)

FWIW, the magazine Positif has done much more than Cahiers to keep up Grémillon's reputation over the years. I wish I had the citation to hand (I'll try to find it later) put they published a chunky dossier on Grémillon some time in, I believe, the late 1990s (in addition to publishing a variety of articles about his work at other times). The dossier included the first publication of a marvelous appreciation by Grémillon of Broken Blossoms, originally written for a ciné-club screening. I may be able to upload a PDF.


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#194 Post by Drucker » Mon Nov 17, 2014 1:51 pm

Can someone more knowledgeable about Gremillion than I recommend which are must-sees, that are outside of the Eclipse sets? Would definitely love to catch a silent or two.

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#195 Post by swo17 » Mon Nov 17, 2014 1:57 pm

Dainah la métisse
Pattes blanches
La petite Lise
Maldone

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#196 Post by NABOB OF NOWHERE » Mon Nov 17, 2014 4:29 pm

La Petite Lise- Use of sound blows M out the water.

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#197 Post by Cold Bishop » Mon Nov 17, 2014 5:46 pm

I'll cosign swo's picks, especially the last two, but I also need to point out that, unless something's changed, Gardien de phare and June 6th are still his rarest and most impossible to see, with no circulating bootlegs that I'm aware of.

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#198 Post by Tommaso » Mon Nov 17, 2014 6:21 pm

"Gardiens de Phare" can be watched on youtube here. Masterpiece.

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#199 Post by NABOB OF NOWHERE » Fri Nov 28, 2014 5:46 pm

Cold Bishop wrote:I'll cosign swo's picks, especially the last two, but I also need to point out that, unless something's changed, Gardien de phare and June 6th are still his rarest and most impossible to see, with no circulating bootlegs that I'm aware of.
Plus ça change
http://www.amazon.fr/6-juin-%C3%A0-laub ... 3%A9millon" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
with english subs

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#200 Post by NABOB OF NOWHERE » Wed Dec 31, 2014 7:16 am

Well I know that as far as this form is concerned war stopped at midnight but too late for the list I received Grem's 6 juin a l'aube this morning.
The package, in the form of a hardback book, is extremely english friendly with both the essay and text of the film translated as well as subs on the film. The book also has oodles of stills and also houses the DVD. Will give it a spin when my head stops after New Year's frollicking.

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