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In May this year, France Télévisions, a historical partner of French cinema and a new official partner of the Cannes International Film Festival, celebrates 7and art on all its antennas and online on Opportunity to pay tribute to “Midnight Cinema”, an iconic program that has created a passion for cinema among generations of viewers. Go to

Tribute to the “Northern Cinema”. © FTV

As a TV presenter and partner of the event, France Télévisions offers us a variety of collections of films on air and online, among others thanks to this iconic program France 3, midnight cinema, which allowed many moviegoers to discover masterpieces. The choice fell on films based on literary works. Congratulations on two shows Great bookstore film special on May 18 and 25 *.

Sleepless Nights
Directed by Lucino Visconti (1957) based on a short story by Fyodor Dostoevsky
One evening near the Mario Canal, a young bank employee meets Natalia. The girl’s behavior intrigues him. He returns, finds her and soon discovers that she is waiting for a man she loves and who agreed to meet her a year ago at the canal. Mario will try and almost succeed in replacing this love, which now seems unlikely to him.
When the legendary director Lucino Visconti takes on the equally legendary writer Fyodor Dostoevsky, it can only give a shocking work! Less well known than other director films like cheetah Where Rocco and his brothers, Sleepless nights has the peculiarity of moving away from the neorealist production, one of the leaders of which was still Visconti. Instead, the film offers us a more theatrical, even dreamy embodiment, which took place in the legendary Italian studios Cinecittà. Studio shooting, which allowed us to fully control the light, offering us a film with exemplary photography, which supports deep themes such as love, loneliness, fantasy …

” Romeo & Juliet “
Directed by Riccardo Fred (1964) based on a play by William Shakespeare
In Verona, two families hate each other very much. Romeo and Juliet, their heirs, fall in love with each other. Then they get married …
Need to present more Romeo & Juliet ? The tragic story created by Shakespeare knew so many adaptations in theater and cinema that it becomes difficult to follow them. Here we are dealing with one of the least known film adaptations: the film adaptation of Riccardo Freddy. Why are they less known? Just because of his age, but also because he was overshadowed by other more modern (in particular, the Luhrmann Base). And yet Romeo & Juliet Riccardo Fredo is quite interesting to discover. This material is really especially true to its original material. In addition, the academic but brutally effective production brings the story to perfection, as well as personnel management, great costumes and lively music.

“Sentimental upbringing”
Directed by Alexander Astruk (1962) for the novel sentimental upbringing, Gustave Flaubert
Frederic Moreau, a 25-year-old polytechnic who lives in Paris with his wealthy cousins ​​Dambre, one day meets his cousin’s friend Madame Arnaud. Charming and sad, her husband openly betrays her with a Swedish model, Ann Arn becomes the only thought and torment of Frederick. Catherine Dambres, in love with her young cousin and madly jealous of Anne, tries to separate young people who are shy and not adapted to intrigue, from the easy life of society.
Freely inspired by Flaubert’s work, sentimental upbringing transposed here in the 1960s. The work retains all the existentialist dimension of Balzac’s work, but also monopolizes the social themes of the 1960s. is a hybrid work, a reflection of contemporary cinema and more traditional themes, dear to Flaubert.

“Goodbye, weapon”
Directed by Frank Borzage (1932) based on the novel by Ernest Hemingway
Northern Italy, 1917. Lieutenant Frederick Henry, an American volunteer in the medical corps of the Italian army, works at the front, helping allied soldiers fighting against Austro-Hungarian troops. Walking and hot, he crosses the dangers of the front and the delights of garrison life with equal ease, until the day he meets a young British nurse who has lost her fiancé at the front …
Worn by Gary Cooper and Helen Hayes, Farewell to weapons Is a poetic and grandiose adaptation, where romance contrasts with very rough military scenes. In this black and white film, the focus is on photography, where each image seems to be highlighted with great care. You should not lag behind the framing, because the depth of field is brilliantly used, which opens up a variety of perspectives for the viewer. The result is a film of extremely modern production, despite its 90 years.

Director: Salvatore Samperi (1973)
When the mother of the family dies, Angela is hired as a servant the same day. Flawless, perfect in many ways. Perhaps the perfect woman for remarriage? But in addition to parental interest, Angela is also of interest to two seniors: 18-year-old Anthony and 14-year-old Nino.
WITH Scoundrel, erotica meets comedy manners. Commitment, consent, power relations and, to some extent, incest were thoroughly tested by Italian cinema in the 1970s. The film was one of the biggest box office successes in Italy that year. He also became a model of the erotic genre.

Directed by Mauro Bologni (1959) based on the novel Horns Pier Paolo Pasolini
Two guys steal a car with a weapon. In order not to arouse the suspicion of the police, they hitchhiked the two girls and settled in the countryside. They sell weapons and go with the money. But one of the girls stole the money and ran away. They immediately go to look for him …
Theme of the film Boys was very fashionable in the 1950s: lost youth. A topic that occupies a full place in cinema and whose most famous representative is probably The fury of life. WITH BoysMauro Bolognini focuses on the ambitions of youth, sexuality, idleness, and all this is served by a production reminiscent of the staging of another Italian film: Pier Paolo Pasolini.

Bubu from Montparnasse
Directed by Mauro Bolognini (1971), based on the novel by Charles-Louis Philippe
Bubu quits his job as a baker-craftsman because of laziness and because he believes that you can make more money in other ways. So he decides to sell the charms of Bertha, his companion, who out of love for him accepts this trade. But soon Bertha contracted syphilis and was hospitalized. Bubu, penniless and hungry, steals the cashier’s cash register: he is very quickly arrested and imprisoned. After a period of uncertainty, Bertha finds Pierrot, a student who was once her client and to whom she passed the disease. However, Pierrot remains very attached to her and agrees to accept her for a while …
Like his movie Boysreleased twelve years earlier, Bubu from Montparnasse covers many social problems, from social misery, which leads to other topics. Thus, sexuality and, more precisely, the exploitation of women will be at the center of the themes, the catalyst of the portrayed misfortune. To best reflect the inner anguish of each character, the camera stays as close to them as possible so that the actors can express their emotions unequivocally.

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* Great bookstore : Wednesday 18 and 25 May at 21:00 on France 5. François Busnell will be in Cannes for two exceptional meetings on “film and literature” on Wednesday, 18 May, live and 25 May. A collection of films from literary adaptations will be presented on

Published by Diana Ermel on May 17, 2022

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