|French Masters: Resnais & Franju
The French directors Alain Resnais and Georges Franju started their careers by making short films. They both made documentaries in the 1940s and 1950s, which was the golden age of French short films.
Georges Franju's (1912-1987) most famous documentary is his poetic film about a slaughter house, Le Sang des Bêtes (1948), which was banned in Finland until mid-1960's. Once seen, the film will never be forgotten. The screening also includes Hôtel des Invalides (1960), a grotesque anti-war vision of the war museum in Paris, and a portrait of the French pioneerof sci-fi films, Georges Méliès.
Alain Resnais (1920), who is known as one of the most important directors of the French "new wave", turns 75 this year. His Guernica (1950) combines a painting by Picasso with the poems of Paul Eluard and the music of Guy Bernard. Les Statues Meurent Aussi (1953), which portrays African statues, was banned in France for more than ten years. The shocking documentary about the concentration camps in Auschwitz, Nuit et Brouillard (1956), stands as the most important among Resnais' short films.
6.3 Pakkahuone, at 16. 00 pm
7.3 Pakkahuone, at 16.00 pm