de 20h45 à 22h45
Film length : 120 min
Language(s) : French
Format : DVD
Genre : Moving Archives Pictures black & white, colour, silent.
THE FUNNY SIDE OF THE FILMS OF THE ARMY (1954-1985)
presented by élise tokuoka
Since 1915, military reporters from France’s military cinematographic division, the SCA (Section cinématographique des armées), and more recently from the French Defence Ministry’s media institution ECPAD (Établissement de communication et de production audiovisuelle de la Défense), have borne witness to the French military’s missions and engagements around the world.
From 1969 to 2001, ECPA as it then was, in addition to its media relations brief, became a training centre for a number of actors and directors called up for military service. Thus, the likes of Claude Lelouch and Jean-Claude Brialy trained at ECPA.
ECPA was therefore the filming location for both institutional films and fiction, as evidenced by ECPAD’s pick of quirky 1970s public information films to be screened at this session of the international War on Screen festival.
Short films Chiffonnard et Bonaloy directed by Pierre Lhomme and starring Jean-Claude Brialy give a glimpse of the behaviour of French soldiers stationed in Germany; Les Martiens arrivent! by Yves Clampy hints at the attitude that the civilian population should adopt towards the military.
Other less typical productions include Le défilé du 14 juillet 1977 which was intended to be sarcastic; Mélodie conseil, a musical comedy showing the range of training offered by the armed forces; Bleu marine et rouge pompon, directed by Jacques Rouxel, showing the stylistic freedom and diversity of military productions of the 1970s.