The man of my life if I were born in 1890
I’ve always been interested by French songs from the 30s (and the 20s). This whole period has always interested me and and will certainly lead to the musical movie I would like to direct. In order to find more creative reference, I spent several afternoons at the Forum des Images. One day I watched “Montparnasse, poème du café-crème” by Eugène Deslaw, which dates back from 1929. When I saw that man on his boat, I fell in love with him. I find him handsome. Even if I know that he’s dead (for sure), I can still imagine him on the Seine, with this magnificent face and smile. Hopefully, I was born a century later and I met Benoît.
This short film was crafted when I didn’t know how to edit a movie, with a software given with Windows. The song “Le grand frisé” (“the tall curly haired man”) was sung by Damia. Here it was cut without qualms.
This scene is quite short in the movie (originally it is not in slow motion). There is a second appearance of my mariner filmed in a high angle shot in the ship’s hold: the photograph above was taken from this scene.