Out of the Past
Maurice & Jacques Tourneur at the Austrian Film Museum
The Locarno70 Retrospective on Tourneur continues its journey.
Film history is, to a large extent, family history. This is the foreword to the Out of the Past retrospective on French filmmakers Maurice and Jaques Tourneur organized by the Austrian Film Museum in Wien, which will take place from May 4 to June 2, 2018.
Compared to many family dynasties, the duo of father and son Tourneur seems downright modest – however, if we take their significance into consideration, they make for one of the brightest constellations in the firmament of cinema.
Jaques Tourneur, focus of the Locarno70 Retrospective, was able to blend the storytelling force of genre tales with unique visual poetry in his opus, perhaps a legacy from the dual American and European matrix, which distinguished his and his father's life.
The aim of this twofold project is to listen for consonance between the two Tourneur oeuvres: Finding out what connects these works, some as historically far apart as Trilby (1915) and Experiment Perilous (1944), With a Smile Avec le sourire (1936) and Stars in My Crown (1950), (Le Val d’enfer (1943) and Berlin Express (1948), Lorna Doone (1922) and Great Day in the Morning (1955). Taking all this into account, the retrospective is a highly condensed history of classical cinema from the point where it established itself as a worldwide industry to the point where it began to mix with other media.