Autrefois… Aujourd’hui (1930, 8m, 35mm)
Un peu de rêve sur le faubourg (1930, 9m, 35mm)
Ceux qui ne s’en font pas (1930, 5m, 35mm)
Celles qui s’en font (1930, 5m, 35mm)
In 1930 (the year the French film industry shifted to sound cinema), Dulac directed a series of “illustrated records,” intended to accompany classical and popular music recordings, all shot on location and taking the French working class as their shared subject, an early form of music video that focused on daily life and social concerns of the period. Prints courtesy of the Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée (CNC).
La Cigarette (1919, 56m, 35mm)
Dulac’s earliest surviving film and a key early work of cinematic impressionism, La Cigarette chronicles a liberated young Parisienne who awakens the jealousy of her husband, a reactionary archaeologist, and uses naturalistic acting, location shooting, and associative montage (among other cutting-edge techniques) to deconstruct conventional gender roles. Print courtesy of the Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique.