Director, screenwriter, director of photography, Jean-Daniel Pollet is a French filmmaker born in 1936. An undisputed master of French cinema, he was one of the figures of the New Wave. His career began in 1958 with a short fiction film – for which he won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival – Pourvu qu’on ait l’ivresse, starring Claude Melki in the role of Léon, a shy and burlesque character that he would put in five other films. His work, original and complex, is inspired by Jean Renoir, but also by Jacques Tati and Charlie Chaplin. It contains about thirty feature films, documentaries, essays and films for television. Pollet’s cinema seems to cross two currents: one, rather realistic, burlesque, with aspects of popular comedies, with the five films about Léon, played by Claude Melki, the other – more poetic, melancholic, with films like Méditerranée (1963), a film-essay whose aesthetics inaugurate the modernity of the art of cinema. He died in 2004, following an accident on a film set.
Chez Georges et Rosy
In the rue de Varenne is the dance school of Georges and Rosy. A school where they teach tango, chachacha, waltz, but also modern dances like jerk or rock'nroll. This short film is extracted from the famous television magazine of the sixties "Dim Dam Dom" produced by Daisy de Galard.