Jean Grémillon BFI Retrospective - Lumière d’Été

Simon Columb attends BFI Southbank's 'Symphonies of Life: The Films of Jean Grémillon' retrospective...

Jean Grémillon worked alongside the very best - Jean Renoir, Marcel Carne and Jacques Feyder to name a few. Lumière d’Été, released only four years after La Règle de Jeu (Renoir's highly acclaimed masterpiece that has remained in the Sight & Sound's Top 10 Greatest Films of All Time since 1952), means it is suprising that Jean Grémillon fails to even make the index pages of Mark Cousins definitive The Story of Film. We wonder whether Jean Grémillon is an integral part of cinema history; he absolutely is - vastly underrated and clearly a filmmaker who shrewdly created art pieces that remain much more than mere entertainment, Jean Grémillon deserves a reappreciation - and it is only through the BFI that this was made possible.

Lumière d’Été is an exploration of society and class through the eyes
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