In 2012, the Criterion Collection performed an important service with the release of the three-film box set “Jean Grémillon During the Occupation,” which helped acquaint English-language audiences with the largely underseen work of a French filmmaker from the pre-New Wave period. A Normandy native initially trained as a musician, Jean Grémillon discovered cinema after moving to Paris and finding work as a silent-film accompanist. In its essential, month-long series on the filmmaker (running today through December 21), the Museum of the Moving Image reinforces Criterion’s efforts, furthering the exposure of Grémillon’s remarkably diverse body of work (which encompassed documentary, fiction, and experimental films). The film that opens the series, Lumière d’Été (1943), comes from the most celebrated period of Grémillon’s career: the years of the German occupation. Despite being pulled from theaters at the time by the Vichy authorities, it is today considered one of the director’s masterworks.
Saturdays, Sundays, 7 p.m. Starts: Nov. 22. Continues through Dec. 21, 2014