Lumiere d'ete (Gremillon, 1942): BFI Southbank, NFT1, 6.30pm
This film, part of the Jean Gremillon season at BFI Southbank, also screens on July 19th. Full details of the season here.
Chicago Reader review:
This little-known 1943 masterpiece of the French cinema, whose title
translates as “Summer Light,” is the work of Jean Gremillon, a filmmaker
who worked—against the auteur grain—in a wide range of different
styles. Made during the occupation and eventually banned by the Nazis,
this film unites documentary and surrealism, sex farce and baroque
tragedy in describing the romantic alliances between an artists colony
and the castle of an evil nobleman. The film has been compared to The Rules of the Game,
yet it has its own strange, ever-changing texture—it seems in some ways
an anticipation of Godard. With Paul Bernard, Pierre Brasseur, and
Madeleine Renaud; written by Jacques Prevert and Pierre Laroche.
There's a good article here on the film maker by Jonathan Rosenabum.