Cinema: the revenge of Gilles Grangier


Oblivion awaited the director. Pathé does him justice by publishing two of his restored films.

Gilles Grangier (1911-1996) was one of François Truffaut’s favorite gossips. In his famous article “A certain tendency of French cinema”, published in the Cinema notebooks in January 1954, the critic and future director of Four Hundred Blows currying the cinema of “French quality” and its representatives. The author of Cave rebels and of Butter cooking figure in the company of the old guard (Jean Delannoy, Yves Allégret, Claude Autant-Lara, among others).

Today, we are rediscovering Grangier, a popular and prolific filmmaker (49 feature films). Last October, the Lumière Festival in Lyon devoted a retrospective to him and his interviews with François Guérif have been republished (Beyond the Loire, it’s adventure, 50 years of cinema, Lumière Institute/Actes Sud). These unpretentious confessions retrace the career of a conscientious craftsman, who went through all the film trades before shooting Bourvil, de Funès, Arletty and of course Gabin.

Two restored films…

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