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Sam DiIorio (Hunter College, CUNY) – Cultural Capital: Mapping Marker’s Everyday Paris
Marker's first feature-length film Le joli mai attempts a comprehensive
portrait of a troubled city. In theory, May 1962 was supposed to be
the first spring of peace after the Evian accords brought an official
end to the Algerian war. While the film captures moments of happiness
and calm, it also conveys an image of Paris in the grip of unresolved
events too painful to be restricted to the safer confines of the past.
In preliminary documents, Marker and co-director Pierre Lhomme propose
to approach the major and minor events of that month through the lens
of everyday life: they want their portrait of the city to be rooted
in the daily lived experience of its inhabitants. This paper examines
the ways in which their film constructs both the city and the everyday,
asking the question "Can Le joli mai be considered a map
of everyday Paris?"
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