5 films not to be missed at the Cannes 1939 Festival, in Orléans, from 12 to 17 November

5 films not to be missed at the Cannes 1939 Festival, in Orléans, from 12 to 17 November

Because James Stewart will always have more class than Ryan Gosling, that a certain modern cinema has pumped everything on The Wizard of Oz or that watching a film in streaming is like preferring frozen meals at Alain's table Gérard ... The Cannes 1939 Festival in Orléans is held from 12 to 17 November. Films not to be missed under any pretext.

There was a time that the under 80s could not know. 1939, at the beginning of the war but far from the battlefields, is preparing the first & nbsp; edition of the Cannes Festival under the spotlights, rhinestones and glitter.

At the end of August in the south of France, preparations are completed. Just a stone's throw from the red carpet already rolled out, a star filled with all the Hollywood caviar is already waiting to pour out its share of stars and starlets ready to be machine-gunned under the flashes of the photographers.

But now Adolf Hitler & nbsp; decides to spoil the party by invading Poland. The malpoli then bursts the screen on the international scene and it is panic on board. The first edition of the Festival is canceled. It was not until 7 years ago, in 1946, that the cinematographic event finally took off.

Previously selected but deprived of the Cannes screen, the 1939 films will not be forgotten. Others, yes. & Nbsp; 80 years later, & nbsp; The Cannes 1939 Festival in Orléans, which is held from 12 to 17 November, initiated by the Orléanais association Jean Zay, again puts part of this selection on the in the spotlight. & nbsp;

Among the 30 films in competition, some have become classics, others real nuggets are still waiting for their heyday in dark cupboards. A selection to which is grafted other & nbsp; still films, which will be screened out of competition or in the selection "looks at history".

If you had to watch 5 films among the 55 & nbsp; screened both at the Orléans theater and at the Carmes cinema, here are the ones for which we would not hesitate for a second.

A masterpiece among others by Howard Hawks, the film is a tribute to the airmail in South America in the style of a Night flight by Saint-Exupéry. Cary Grant & nbsp; has to manage & nbsp; at the same time his fleet, sort of Mexican army, and the fabulous Rita Hayworth, fell in love at the first glance of the man with the skewer. An in camera lined with improbable flight scenes using model aircraft. The film will reap two Oscar nominations. & Nbsp;

Another unrivaled actor, James Stewart & nbsp; and his supple figure reflect the features of Jefferson Smith, a young politician entering the American upper house. The film defends a certain candor in the face of the contempt and cynicism of crooked politicians. A feature film with the theme of obvious modernity.

Considered by many critics as the most important film of all time, The Rule of the Game is a film of study on the relationships of the bourgeois class and that of the servants, but not only. Borrowing in faith from naturalism or commedia dell'arte, the masterpiece has nevertheless been criticized at its release. Note: the scenes with the Sologne setting were filmed in March-April 1939 at the Château de la Ferté-Saint-Aubin, dating from the 17th century.

A children's story, but not only, the story of Dorothy, & # 39; Hunk the Scarecrow or Zeke the Lion & # 39; must also be seen as a metaphor for the Great Depression that had hit the United States a decade earlier. Without the Wizard of Oz, no Star Wars saga. The film was recently considered one of the most influential in the history of cinema.

These two new Luxembourg short films have been renovated for the occasion. "We were contacted without even requesting it," explains François Caspar of the organization. "The films have been reconditioned and translated for this event."

So of course, many of them are available on more or less legal download sites. & Nbsp; Remember, however, that the world of moviegoers falls into two categories: those who have seen masterpieces on a large scale screen in dark room, and the others ...

Ticketing. Access within the limit of available places. Excluding previews and special screenings at Les Carmes cinema. Ticket for the session from 5 to 7 euros. Day pass, evening pass, weekend pass or festival pass from 17 to 49 euros. A ticket office available for sessions unique to Les Carmes cinemas or online at festivalcannes1939.com and FNAC, Leclerc, Carrefour or Auchan points of sale for the various passes.