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Émile Savitry : Cinema in Black and White


From the same humanist family as Brassaï with whom he joined the Rapho photo agency from its creation by Charles Rado in 1933, then in the company of Willy Ronis, Robert Doisneau who joined them after the war when Raymond Grosset revived it in 1945, Émile Savitry , longtime friend of Jacques and Pierre Prévert, was sensitive to the poetic realism of the cinema of Marcel Carné, of Jean Grémillon. He was a still photographer for “Lumière d’été” by Jean Grémillon in 1942, “Portes de la nuit” in 1946 and “La Fleur de l’âge” in 1947 by Marcel Carné; the screenplay for the three films is by Jacques Prévert. Story of thwarted love against the backdrop of a penal colony for children and tragic escape, the incredible series of photographs taken on the set of “La Fleur de l’âge” constitutes, to date, the only visual testimony of this cursed film shot in Belle-Île-en-Mer and interrupted after three months. The reels having disappeared. The poster was prestigious. It brought together Arletty, back to the cinema after two years of being banned...

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