A unique and poetic stroll through the Paris of the 1920s!
Paris at the end of the 1920s was a city with many faces, oh so lively. You get there by barge, via the canals that join the Seine and where thousands of workers work hard. From the Opera to the Butte Montmartre, to the rhythm of historical monuments, the crossing of the capital reveals a changing crowd...
An urban portrait on an unprecedented scale, Études sur Paris is a lyrical visit to the Paris of the Roaring Twenties. A pioneer of art documentary, André Sauvage captures with extraordinary visual sensitivity the bustle of the city, the high places and the popular districts of a capital in full mutation. Between naturalism and modernity, his personal and sensitive gaze brings him closer to the great visionary filmmakers of the time, such as Dziga Vertov or Jean Vigo. A monumental work!
STUDIES ON PARIS (1928 – B&W – 80 mins)
SILENT MOVIE 2 EXCLUSIVE MUSICAL ACCOMPANIMENTS! JEFF MILLS (STEREO) PRIMA VISTA QUARTET (STEREO) SUPPLEMENTS : 6 FILMS PRODUCED AND DIRECTED BY ANDRÉ SAUVAGE
. CROSSING THE GRÉPON (Rushes – 1923 – B&W – 7 mins) André Sauvage and his companions set off to attack the Aiguille du Grépon in the Alps.
. PORTRAIT OF GREECE (Cuts – 1927 – B&W – 30 mins) A journey through 1920s Greece, from the ruins of ancient Greece to the islands of the Aegean Sea. Reassembly of the remaining cuts, the film having disappeared.
. ÉDOUARD GOERG AT CÉLY (1928 – B&W – 15 mins) with Édouard Goerg and André Sauvage During a visit from the Sauvage family to the painter and engraver Édouard Goerg (1893-1969), André Sauvage produced and interpreted this short fictional film.
. SOUND TESTS BY ANDRÉ SAUVAGE FOR "PEVOINE DEMÉNAGE" (1929 – B&W – 1 min) Facing the camera, 30 centimeters from the microphone, André Sauvage reads a text on the new regulations concerning zebra crossings in Paris.
. PEONY MOVES (1929 – B&W – 17 mins) with Michel Simon, Line Noro and René Lefebvre Pivoine, a tramp, lives on the quays near Notre-Dame. Macaroni and Georgette are his companions in misfortune. No longer able to bear the insults of passers-by and the throwing of stones by children, Pivoine decides to move...
. WILD FAMILY FILM: "RUE DU PRE AUX CLERCS" (1930 – B&W – 3 mins) Images of the Sauvage family: the solemn communion of young Agnès; the friend Édouard Goerg; the children Agnès and Antoine playing on the swing or watering the yard.