Le Joli Mai(Chris Marker & Pierre Lhomme) 1963 **** 2/16/2016

A black & white documentary that captures best how much people, everyone, the citizenry, have to say.  Everyone is eloquent even if they halter, and insightful and full of beauty.  Lhomme’s photography is the best kind of black and white pictures, like light punching and searing through paper, you hear the crackle of the salt crystals expand as they’re struck by light.  Closeups and roving lively camerawork, expressions caught before they disappear, shots from straight ahead to shots from below.  A communist perspective shines through, though many say they feel they have no power.  One is reminded most of Epictetus.  “Enjoy the great festival of life with other men.”

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