La mer et les jours. 1958. France. Written and directed by Alain Kaminker, Raymond Vogel. DCP. In French; English subtitles. 26 min.
Chris Marker wrote the beautiful commentary for this short film about the lives of Breton sailors and their families, a film also distinguished for its visual, almost tactile poetry. Alain Kaminker (Simone Signoret’s brother) died while shooting one of the most impressive scenes in the film, leading Raymond Vogel to finish it on his own. Courtesy Cinémathèque de Bretagne
La pyramide humaine (The Human Pyramid). 1961. France/Ivory Coast. Written and directed by Jean Rouch. DCP. In French; English subtitles. 93 min.
At the invitation of filmmaker and ethnographer Jean Rouch, Black and white students from a high school in Abidjan improvised scenes inspired by their relationship to one another. Eric Rohmer, in Cahiers du cinéma, praised the film for its experimental qualities and its sense of a reality lying somewhere between objectivity and subjectivity, hailing it as a work of great beauty and truth. Courtesy Icarus Films