Films byTexts by Pierre Lhomme
Chris Marker, Pierre Lhomme, 1963, 165’

Le joli mai is a portrait of Paris and its inhabitants in the month of May, 1962. Although the war with Algeria officially ended and a promise of peace and prosperity fills the springtime air, the spectre of the war still looms.



The French director of photography Pierre Lhomme passed away on 4 July, aged 89 years. In 1963 he makes Le joli mai with Chris Marker. He excells not only with Jean Eustache on La maman et la putain (1973) and Jean-Pierre Melville’s L’armée des ombres (1969) but also in his work for Alain Cavalier, James Ivory, Chris Marker, Marguerite Duras, Robert Bresson, Joris Ivens, Costa-Gavras, Eric Rohmer and many others.