• Croatian

Paris 1900 - The City of Lights

Thursday, 10.09.2020. at 18:00
Hrvatski kulturni dom na Sušaku
Director: Hugues Nancy
Producer: Anne Labro
Country of origin: France, 2018.
Runtime: 53'
Croatian premiere

SUMMARY

In 1900, the eyes of the whole world were on Paris. Joy and optimism were at a peak in the elegant City of Light. The Exposition Universelle, which opened in April 1900, was an enormous celebration of French success. It welcomed 51 million visitors, half of whom were foreigners. Paris became a showcase city, displaying the latest technical and scientific inventions, and also boasting avant-garde art galleries, lively cabarets, the ultimate in high fashion, and… the Parisiennes. Whether they were from the working class or the moneyed elites, they challenged old-fashioned sexual stereotypes.  The myth of “La Belle Epoque” reigned supreme. Thanks to incredible archives restored and fully colorized, this film presents a previously unseen journey through time and space. They captured magical moments of lightness and euphoria, the marvels of scientific and aesthetic invention: the crowning glory of democracy. They show us the first globalized society, linked by rail, transatlantic travel, the airplane, and the telephone. We witness the high life in the French capital, the excesses of the wealthy gentlemen and their taste for money, pleasure, extravagance, and… women. Only rarely do the archives peek behind the scenes at the darker side of this period in history. But when they do, the images are gripping. In this new world, war was thought to belong to the past. No one imagined that within 14 years, the interval of peace and prosperity would be buried in the mud of the WWI’s trenches.

Director Biography

HUGUES NANCY is a writer and director of documentaries, specialized in contemporary political and cultural history. In the last years, he took part in the making of more than a dozen films; including Hergé - In the shadow of Tintin (2016), Pope Francis, The Vatican’s last chance (2015), Women at War (2015), Louis Renault & Andre Citroën, the run of the siecle (2011). He notably directed Picasso, the legacy, broadcasted in 2013 on ARTE. This film relates the aftermath of the death of Pablo Picasso when his family, left without a will, gradually discovered his work of many years, about 120,000 artworks produced from his childhood to his deathbed. The film was awarded “Best Portrait” at the FIFA (Montreal) and was nominated at the FIPA (Biarritz).
ISTRA FILM presents HISTORY FILM FESTIVAL
Head Programer and Director BERNARDIN MODRIĆ
Producers TIHA MODRIĆ & DEJAN BOJC
Video production ROBERT KALČIĆ & IGOR MODRIĆ
Designer ZLATKO GRGIĆ
Photography RINO GROPUZZO
Graphic and web design GRAFIK, Rijeka
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