Les aventuriers de l'Art moderne – Épisode 4 : Les enchanteurs de Montparnasse 1920-1930

France | 2015 | 52 min
Animation: Amélie Harrault
Editing: Valérie Loiseleux
Music: Pierre Adenot
Narration: Amira Casar
Script: Dan Franck
Production: Silex Films, Arte France, Financière Pinault


Presented in partnership with the consulat de France à Québec

Adapted from Dan Franck’s Le temps des bohèmes, this six-part series immerses viewers in the artistic and literary life of Paris from the early 20th century to the end of World War Two. Using the codes of fiction and through archival documents and original animated sequences, the series looks at the lives of those who left their mark on this incredible period in modern art.

The war is over. The celebrations begin. Montparnasse pulsates to the rhythms of jazz and animated cafés. Paris is a monumental party. In response to the absurdity of war, the Dadaist and Surrealist revolutions are launched. Leading them are the “three musketeers”: André Breton, Louis Aragon and Philippe Soupault, backed by Man Ray, Robert Desnos, Tristan Tzara and many others. In 1919, the first literary work of the Surrealist movement appears: Les champs magnétiques. Kiki, the model beloved of painters known as the Queen of Montparnasse, has a tumultuous affair with Man Ray before he leaves her for Lee Miller. Aragon meets Elsa Triolet, Picasso divides his time between two women and Salvador Dali makes his grand appearance among the Surrealists.


Pauline Gaillard

Pauline Gaillard works as a chief editor in film and television, for both documentaries and fiction films. Most notably, she collaborated with Sébastien Lifshitz on Les Invisibles, which won a César for Best Documentary in 2013, and on Valérie Donzelli’s La guerre est déclarée (2011), for which she received a César nomination for Best Editing. In 2010, she directed Que devient mon souvenir quand tu n’y penses pas, a film midway between fiction and documentary.
Filmography | Que devient mon souvenir quand tu n’y penses pas (2010).

Amélie Harrault

Amélie Harrault is a multi-faceted artist who studied at the École supérieure des beaux-arts in Toulouse, then at the École des métiers du cinéma d’animation in Angoulême. Her short film Mademoiselle Kiki et les Montparnos (2012) was acclaimed by the animation community, receiving more than 25 awards, including a César in 2014 for Best Animated Short, and over 100 selections by festivals around the world.
Filmography | Le monde moderne (2016) ; Le principe Dada (2015) ; Mademoiselle Kiki et les Montparnos (2012).

Valérie Loiseleux

Valérie Loiseleux is an editor of both fiction films and documentaries. Since 1991, she has edited the majority of Manoel de Oliveira’s films. In 2003, she received a César for Best Editing for Lucas Belvaux’s Un couple épatant. She has worked on regular basis for the likes of Sophie Fillières, Eugène Green, Bahman Ghobadi, Jean-François Amiguet and Alain Bergala. In 2014, she published a book/journal on editing entitled Les gants blancs.
Filmography | First film.

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Screenings playing this movie

Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal - Auditorium Maxwell-Cummings
Screening # 41
Presented by Consulat Général de France au Québec