13 Days in France

13 Days in France

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The strength of 13 Days in France, as of other freewheeling French films of the period, lies in its intimacy—the skiers concentrating in a world of their own, President Charles de Gaulle courteously waving aside a rug being offered during the Opening Ceremony, Prime Minister Georges Pompidou being interviewed with a cigarette dangling from his mouth. The film pulses with the insouciant spirit of the sixties and the carefree cinematography and editing pioneered by the French New Wave.
Director Claude Lelouch, Francois Reichenbach