The Lumière Classics label

Lumière Classics represents the festival section whose intention is to support - this year more than ever - a selection of restored films. Thus, within the festival, films restored and contributed by archives, producers, rights holders, distributors, studios and film libraries benefit from a special section.

All films will be presented as premieres in restored prints.

Lumière Classics section

The Lumière Classics section is composed of French and international films.

The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry by Robert Siodmak (1945, 1h21)
Harry Quincey (George Sanders) lives with his two sisters, Lettie and Hester. When Harry meets Deborah, Lettie, jealous, tries to prevent their relationship… A film noir with Hitchcockian accents of human obsessions, carried by remarkable actors and directed by a master.
Re-release: 6 January 2021
UGC Confluence Sun.11 5 pm | Cinéma Opéra Wed.14 6 pm

Difficult Years by Luigi Zampa (Anni difficili, 1948, 1h53)
Aldo Piscitello, a modest civil servant, is forced, in spite of his beliefs, to join the Fascist Party to keep his job... Difficult Years is the first film of Zampa’s political trilogy, which denounced the cowardice of Mussolini’s regime.
Lumière Institute Wed.14 10:30 am | Comœdia Thu.15 2:15 pm | Lumière Terreaux Sun.18 11 am

Les Enfants terribles by Jean-Pierre Melville (1950, 1h45)
Paul and Elisabeth, inseparable, live with their dying mother. Injured during a snowball fight, Paul
remains bedridden… An adaptation of the novel by Cocteau, a transgressive and mysterious work, brought to the screen through lively, precise and poetic directing.
Re-release coming soon
Lumière Terreaux Wed.14 8:30 pm | UGC Confluence Sat.17 5:30 pm | Comœdia Sun.18 10:45 am

People Will Talk by Joseph L. Mankiewicz (1951, 1h50)
Professor at the Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Praetorius confronts attacks from a jealous colleague who suspects the former of being a charlatan... Resolutely optimistic, a film that is both unconventional and humanist. Featuring a vibrant Cary Grant.
Re-release: 4 November 2020
Pathé Bellecour Mon.12 8 pm | Villa Lumière Tue.13 10:30 am | Meyzieu Wed.14 8 pm | UGC Astoria Fri.16 8 pm | Lumière Terreaux Sun.18 2:15 pm

Fanfan la Tulipe by Christian-Jaque (1952, 1h42)
Fanfan, a young peasant warrior, forced into the army, gets involved in multiple adventures of glory and love... A huge hit with the public, starring Gérard Philipe, explosive, at the top of his game.
Pathé Bellecour Tue.13 5:15 pm | Cinéma Opéra Thu.15 2:45 pm | UGC Confluence Sat.17 5 pm

An Actor’s Revenge by Kon Ichikawa (Yukinojô henge, 1963, 1h53)
In full performance, a famous actor recognizes in the audience the three men behind the suicide of his parents, whom he had promised himself to avenge… A dazzling film of highly stylish aesthetics.
Re-release in November of 2020
Pathé Bellecour Mon.12 2:30 pm | Comœdia Wed.14 5:30 pm | Lumière Bellecour Thu.15 8:30 pm | Cinéma Opéra Fri.16 8:30 pm

Joy House by René Clément (Les Félins, 1964, 1h38, EngST)
Wanted by a gangster, a young seducer finds refuge in a home where two women hire him as a driver… A stylish thriller with Alain Delon starring Americans Lola Albright and Jane Fonda.
Pathé Bellecour Tue.13 8:30 pm | Cinéma Opéra Wed.14 8:30 pm | Institut Lumière Sat.17 10:30 am | Caluire Sat.17 8:30 pm (Screening canceled)

Crime on a Summer Morning by Jacques Deray (Par un beau matin d’été, 1965, 1h49)
Tired of their schemes, a duo of crooks agrees to participate in one last kidnapping which should bring them millions… First big role for Geraldine Chaplin, remarkable alongside Jean-Paul Belmondo.
Lumière Bellecour Mon.12 8:30 pm | Pathé Bellecour Wed.14 10:45 am

The Amusement Park by George A. Romero (1973, 53min)
As he walks to an amusement park, an old man finds himself in the middle of a nightmare... This film, lost for almost 50 years, is a true event, made possible thanks to the George A. Romero Foundation and Suzanne Desrocher-Romero. A terrifying movie about old age.
Re-release coming soon
Lumière Terreaux Mon.12 8:15 pm | Lumière Institute Fri.16 8:45 pm | Comœdia Sat.17 7:30 pm (Screening canceled)

The Wicker Man by Robin Hardy (1973, 1h34)
A police officer visits a remote island to investigate the disappearance of a little girl. He discovers that the local population is engaged in strange ceremonies... A true oddity, strange and magnificent, punctuated with scenes of pagan worship, to a psychedelic folk soundtrack.
Re-release: 4 November 2020
Lumière Institute Sat.10 8:30 pm | Lumière Terreaux Mon.12 10 pm | UGC Confluence Fri.16 8:45 pm

Picnic at Hanging Rock by Peter Weir (1975, 1h47)
During a school trip, young girls venture out to a rock, an ancient place of worship of the aborigines.
Some of them disappear... Film of a flamboyant and haunting beauty, met with great public success.
Cinéma Opéra Sun.11 6:15 pm | Villeurbanne Mon.12 8:30 pm | Comœdia Sun.18 11:15 am

The Brood by David Cronenberg (1979, 1h32, int. -16 ans)
A woman undergoes therapy with a psychiatrist who employs secret methods. The side effects turn out to be particularly destructive... An extraordinary work that marked the history of horror films.
Release in  2021
Cinéma Opéra Sun.11 9:15 pm | UGC Confluence Wed.14 9 pm | Lumière Institute Fri.16 10:30 pm (Screening canceled)

All the King’s Men by King Hu (Tian xia di yi, 1983, 1h49)
In the midst of a political crisis, a prime minister secretly sends for the only doctor able to cure the emperor... A historical account of stunning beauty on the fall of the Zhou dynasty.
Release in December of 2020
Villa Lumière Mon.12 8 pm | Lumière Bellecour Wed.14 8:30 pm | Comœdia Fri.16 8:45 pm

La Cérémonie by Claude Chabrol (1995, 1h51)
Sophie travaille comme employée de maison chez les Lelièvre. Elle se lie d’amitié avec la postière qui va lui transmettre son hostilité à l’égard de ses employeurs… Un film fascinant de brutalité et de justesse avec Sandrine Bonnaire et Isabelle Huppert.
Re-release: 25 November 2020
Pathé Bellecour Mon.12 8:15 pm | Comœdia Wed.14 10:45 am

Treasures & curiosities

The label is also awarded to films in the section Treasures and Curiosities, which reminds us of the importance of immersing ourselves in often little-known and yet indispensable movies. It highlights the consistent and active work of film libraries and archives from around the world to restore and bring to life classic cinema. 

Portugal (Cinemateca Portuguesa)
The Movement of Things by Manuela Serra (O movimento das coisas, 1985, 1h29)
In a northern village, three families engage in a day of work. Only Isabel has her eyes on the future... Stories of a peasant daily life, imbued with silence.
Pathé Bellecour Wed.14 2:15 pm | Villa Lumière Thu.15 10:45 am

Sénégal (Studiocanal)
The Money Order by Ousmane Sembène (Mandabi, 1968, 1h30)
Ibrahim receives a mandate of 25,000 francs from his nephew who has gone to work in Paris. The news is spreading, with requests from all sides... Thanks to Ousmane Sembène's storytelling skills, the sunny and joyous anecdote becomes a pamphleteer’s fable.
Lumière Bellecour Sun.11 7:45 pm | Pathé Bellecour Mon.12 11:15 am | Villa Lumière Sat.17 10:45 am

Hungary (Hungarian Film Archive)
Sodrásban/Current by István Gaál (Sodrásban, 1964, 1h21)
As they bathe happily in la Tisza, a group of school comrades notices the disappearance of one of them... A great poetic movie of the Hungarian revival on youth and the transition to adulthood, awarded at the Karlovy Vary festival in 1964.
Pathé Bellecour Mon.12 5:45 pm | Lumière Institute Tue.13 2 pm

Russia (Mosfilm)
Letter Never Sent by Mikhaïl Kalatozov (Neotpravlennoe pismo, 1960, 1h36)
In the late 1950s, Soviet geologists survey the Siberian taiga in search of a diamond deposit. Konstantin tirelessly writes a letter to his wife… A spectacular Siberian saga, with virtuoso images, two years after The Cranes Are Flying.
Lumière Terreaux Thu.15 2:15 pm | Pathé Bellecour Sat.17 10:45 am | Lumière Institute Sun.18 10:45 am

Czech Republic (Malavida)
Cutting it Short/Shortcuts by Jiří Menzel (Postřižiny, 1980, 1h38)
In the early 1920s, Francin runs a brewery in a small village. The hair of Maryška, his wife, a cascade of blond curls, is the pride of the villagers... An ode to the pleasures of life, to be enjoyed without moderation. Magda Vášáryová illuminates the film.
Re-release: 11 November 2020
Lumière Institute Tue.13 10 pm | Pathé Bellecour Sun.18 10:45 am

Netherlands (Eye film Institute)
The Brilliant Biograph: Earliest Moving Images of Europe (1897-1902) by Frank Roumen (1897-1902, 52min)
A compilation of films from the early days of cinema, shot with the Biograph a few years after the invention of the Cinematograph by the Lumière brothers.
Comœdia Tue.13 1:15 pm

Slovakia (Slovak Film Institute)
Night Riders by Martin Hollý (Noční jazdci, 1981, 1h31)
In 1920, on the border between the still young Czechoslovakia and Poland, two men of principle stand against one another... A confrontation worthy of a western.
Villa Lumière Thu.15 7:30 pm | Pathé Bellecour Fri.16 6:15 pm

Czech Republic (Národní filmový archiv)
Pearls of the Deep by Jiří Menzel, Jan Němec, Evald Schorm, Věra Chytilová, Jaromil Jireš (Perličky na dně, 1965, 1h47)
A manifesto film, these adaptations of short stories by Bohumil Hrabal mark the recognition of what the Czechs will call their New Wave, both in reference to and in opposition of the French New Wave. An underlying critique of a society under scrutiny.
Villa Lumière Wed.14 4:45 pm | Pathé Bellecour Thu.15 11:15 am

Switzerland (Cinémathèque Suisse)
Derborence by Francis Reusser (1985, 1h34, EngST)
As he sets off to the mountain pastures in Derborence with his uncle, Antoine disappears in a landslide. Shortly afterwards, his young wife sees him return... A poem adapted from the famous novel by Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz, with Bruno Cremer and Isabel Otero.
Villa Lumière Mon.12 5:15 pm | Pathé Bellecour Tue.13 11:15 am

Spain (Filmoteca de Catalunya)
Swan Lake, 3D by Francesc Rovira Beleta (El lago de los cisnes, 1953, 12min)
The first 3D film in the history of Spanish cinema: excerpts from Tchaikovsky's ballet Swan Lake, performed by an English company visiting Barcelona.
UGC Confluence Mon.12 3:15 pm

Other designated films

Finally, the label also includes films from other sections, as is the case for: 

The Woman and the Puppet by Jacques de Baroncelli (1928, 1h55)
On a train trip, Don Mateo Diaz, a wealthy seducer, intervenes in a fight between two women. One of them will seduce him... A disturbing and sensual adaptation of the novel by Pierre Louÿs, starring Conchita Montenegro.
Auditorium Sun.18 11 am

The Last Stage by Wanda Jakubowska (Ostatni etap, 1948, 1h51)
Deported to Auschwitz, Marta Weiss becomes an interpreter for the concentration camp authorities. She tries to set up a resistance network… Filmed at Auschwitz, where the director was interned during the war, The Last Stage is a film of rare power, and a key work in Polish cinema.
Pathé Bellecour Sun.11 2:30 pm | Pathé Bellecour Tue.13 2:45 pm | Cinéma Opéra Wed.14 2:45 pm
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Journey to Italy by Roberto Rossellini (Viaggio in Italia, 1954, 1h23)
In Journey to Italy, through the landscapes and places that follow one another, an English couple realizes the failure of their life together… Ingrid Bergman and George Sanders in a poignant story of a dissolved relationship.
Comœdia Mon.12 8:45 pm | Saint-Denis Tue.13 8:30 pm | Vénissieux Wed.14 8 pm | Cinéma Opéra Thu.15 5:45 pm  | Lumière Institute Sun.18 4:45 pm

The Diary of Anne Frank by George Stevens (1959, 2h50)
When he returns to his house in Amsterdam, Anne Frank's father discovers his daughter's diary, written when they were hidden in the attic during the war… A moving adaptation of the book with Millie Perkins, Joseph Schildkraut and Shelley Winters.
Release: late 2020 / early 2021
Lumière Terreaux Tue.13 9 am

The Gentleman from Epsom by Gilles Grangier (Le Gentleman d’Epsom, 1962, 1h27,EngST)
Richard takes advantage of the gullibility of horse racing betters. When he meets Gaspard, an angry restaurateur, he sees the ideal target… A film close to a character comedy with its dynamic cast of Jean Gabin, Louis de Funès and Madeleine Robinson.
Dardilly Sun.11 5:30 pm | Comœdia Mon.12 2:45 pm | UGC Astoria Thu.15 4 pm | Villa Lumière Sat.17 7:45 pm

The Basilisks/The Lizards
by Lina Wertmüller
(I basilischi, 1963, 1h25)
In a small town in southern Italy, three friends bask in their daily routine and uneventful lives... A first foray into filmmaking for the Italian director, celebrated at Lumière last year. A slice of life of provincial youth, served by brilliant staging.
Cinéma Opéra Tue.13 5:15 pm | Pathé Bellecour Thu.15 7:15 pm

Born on the Fourth of July by Oliver Stone (1989, 2h25)
Ron Kovic, a dedicated patriot, was born on the 4th of July, America’s Independence Day. He enlists in the Marines and leaves for Vietnam… An adaptation of the autobiographical novel by Ron Kovic, and an Oscar winner, with Tom Cruise in the lead role.
Auditorium Sun.11 7:15 pm

Way out West by James W. Horne (1937, 1h05, VF)
Stan and Oliver make their way west in search of a young girl. They try to hand her the deed of ownership of a gold mine from her late father... A brilliant parody of a western, one of the best films of the famous comedy duo.
Preceded by
Hog Wild by James Parrott (1930, 19min, VF)
At the request of his wife, Hardy tries, with the help of Laurel, to install a radio antenna on the roof... The legendary duo is irresistible in this hilarious gag.
Re-release: 16 December 2020
Halle Tony Garnier
Sun.11 3 pm

Slated for December 16 release, the retrospective "The Eternal Laurel and Hardy", composed of the following works:
Laurel and Hardy: Early signs of genius (3 silent shorts)
Big Business byLeo McCarey & James W. Horne / USA / 1929
Battle of the Century byClyde Bruckman / USA / 1927
Liberty by Leo McCarey / USA / 1929

Laurel and Hardy, Delirious Duo (3 short talkies)
Brats by James Parrott / USA / 1930
Hog Wild by James Parrott / USA / 1930
Busy Bodies by Lloyd Fench / USA / 1933

Way Out West (feature film)
James W. Horne / USA / 1937




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