Le Joli Mai
Le Joli Mai (1963)

In this non-traditional documentary about Paris, instead of covering the usual sights and sounds of the city, writer/director Chris Marker takes his film crew to the street and interviews people on the spot and in their homes. Comments… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1963
DVD Release Date: November 26, 2013
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Mark Feeney
Boston Globe

What helps make Marker and Lhomme's documentary all the more remarkable is its occurring at a moment in history whose specialness only became evident later.

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James Plath
Movie Metropolis

The people and cinematography are compelling, and so, by extension, is this 1962 documentary.

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James Verniere
Boston Herald

A revelatory restoration.

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out

It's never fully uninflected like authentic vérité, but the material gets at a kind of truth: the chatty anxieties of shopkeepers, passersby, mothers and sons, all grappling with the changing world of May 1962.

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Phil Hall
Film Threat

A distinctive preservation of the lives and thoughts of the people in Paris during May 1962.

Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

"Le Joli Mai (The Beautiful Month of May)" gives an historic insight into France during its evolution from colonial power to the socialist democracy it would become.

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Aaron Cutler
Village Voice

Documents on-the-street talks with a wide variety of Paris residents.

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Gerald Peary
Arts Fuse

Dare I say so about a film by the much-admired Marker? It's only mildly interesting. Quite a disappointment considering that it's out of circulation for half a century.

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Sam Adams
The Dissolve

Marker set out to make a social document, a record and an examination of where his fellow Parisians' heads were. But more than what they thought, Le Joli Mai is interested in how they thought.

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Walter M.
With the documentary "Le Joli Mai," Chris Marker and Pierre Lhomme attempt to capture a particular time and place, namely May 1962 in Paris. Sadly… More
John Ballantine
It is another man-on-the-street kind of documentary but then it isn't..with extreme political unrest unfolding at the same time, this is a society not at… More