The epic film classic Les Uns et les Autres (with James Caan, Fanny Ardant and Geraldine Chaplin) is an historic saga filled with music, dance and zest for life. It takes us from the politically tumultuous 1930s, by way of WWII and the Algerian War, to the start of the 1980s. The dramatic power of Lelouch’s ode to life is owed largely to the musical score of Michel Legrand and Francis Lai. Recently the film was digitally restored by the teams of Eclair Group, under supervision of the director himself.
The movie follows the lives of four musical couples and their children from 1936 to 1980, the year during which the American couple Glenn and Suzanne, Parisians Simon and Anne, Karl and Magda from Germany and the Russian pair Boris and Tatiana meet at a UNICEF gala. The characters’ love of music unites them despite major differences in the course of their lives. This passion brings them together in a vibrant finale, with a performance of Ravel’s Boléro choreographed by Maurice Béjart.
Claude Lelouch (1937) – along with fellow directors François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard and Louis Malle – helped to shape the face of postwar cinema in France; his twenty-second feature-length film received no less than four César nominations. At the Cannes Film Festival, Les Uns et les Autres won the Technical Grand Prize for sound quality