Whether you’re a fan of (very) French cinema or (very) English films, the Paris Cinémathèque has you covered this month, with restrospectives of cinematic demi-god Jean-Luc Godard (who will be 90 this year) and James Ivory & Ismail Merchant (Ivory will be 92 later this year!).
With over 100 films directed by Godard and around thirty from Merchant / Ivory, including many freshly restored in glorious 4K, this is an exceptional moment for any serious francophile and/or film-lover…
The list of Jean-Luc Godard’s films is positively dizzying.
Practically personifying highbrow French cinema for more than 60 years, the man is being honoured by the Cinémathèque with showings of all his films (both short and long), video experiments and some advertisements he directed (for clothes brand Marithé et François Girbaud, a Japanese perfume and even, um, Nike).
Godard will apparently also be in attendance himself on 1st March for a ‘dialogue’ hosted by cinema professor Nicole Brenez and Frédéric Bonnaud, the general director of the Cinémathèque française.
For all the details on the Godard retrospective, click here.
Well before the days of Downton Abbey, Ismail Merchant and James Ivory were showing us the English aristocracy in all its glory, often adapting novels (including three by E.M. Forster) and releasing their films through Merchant Ivory Productions, the company they founded in 1961 (it closed in 2005 after Merchant’s death).
For their retrospective at the Cinémathèque, you’ll be able to see dozens of films produced by Merchant and directed by Ivory, the six that Merchant directed himself, and a few short films.
On the 13th February there’s a showing of a 2004 documentary about Merchant / Ivory – Three Holy Rivers, and on 18th January, after a showing of Jefferson à Paris, there’s a 45-minute master class Ivory. Quite a rare occasion!
For all the info on and full programme of the Merchant Ivory retrospective, click here.