Cinémathèque québécoise makes way for MUSIQUE! for its summer program from July 1 to August 31, the public will be able to enjoy a program dedicated to films that make music a character in its own right where rhythms, notes and songs dictate the tone. From films with well known songs, to musicals, but also to all those works that have made music a powerful vehicle. Thanks to this, cinema and sound creation have never been the same again.

It has often been said that cinema has had a lasting influence on music since the 20th century, but this programme demonstrates the opposite: namely that cinema, the art of movement and editing, has constantly re-sourced itself from music and has drawn its inspiration from it for a long time. With plenty of examples to go around, 100 films have been programmed to illustrate the rich and inspired relationships that have always existed between music and cinema. 

Jazz (Shadows), rock (Jailhouse Rock), opera, music hall, blues, Brazilian music (Orfeu Negro). and many other genres will be in the spotlight. Essential milestones in the history of cinema, classics, jewels to discover, the program will be great!  To those who know the song (Pas sur la bouche),dream of seeing on the big screen Louis de Funès soaked in insane music (L’Homme Orchestre), or discover Judy Garland in A Star is Born, this program is for you! Unless you want to experience the osmosis of Time Warp, with Richard O’Brien, Nell Campbell and Patricia Quinn in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, or admire Audrey Hepburn’s performance in Funny Face!

Also, three projections-events, presented in cabaret format, will put Quebec talent in the spotlight. genuine immersion in the explosive, colorful and surreal universe of Klô Pelgag, LIVE  The Spectral Show, imagined by singer and director Laurence “Baz” Morais for the grand premiere of Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs, the show, will be screened on July 2 and 7. Captured between the first and second lockdowns, a hybrid between art film and musical performance, Renegade Breakdown Live is a concert film by Montreal band Marie Davidson & The Eye Naked. Directed by filmmaker Denis Côté, it will be presented on July 3 and 6, in the presence of the artists. Finally, the band recognized worldwide for its atmospheric post-rock Godspeed You! Black Emperor also unveiled their most recent album this spring, featuring a 16mm black and white feature film, AT STATE’S END! , directed by two members of GY!BE: projectionists and directors Karl Lemieux and Philippe Leonard. The film, shot at the Imperial Cinema, will open this colorful program on the first day, July 1st. A second presentation will take place on July 4th. 

The bet is that it will be almost impossible to sit in your seat! A desire to dance or singing along risks invading the spectators!


What is the best way to represent a musical film? It is this question that the Cinémathèque’s programming team has been working on to set up the special exhibition Music! The enhancement of the plot and the performers may be the ultimate goal, but there is more: how to depict, graphically, melodies, rhythms, styles? In other words: what is the color of the music? What form does this music have? The public is invited to come and discover it by admiring some posters of the Cinémathèque Collections, from June 25th to August 29th!   

July 1to August 31, 2021.  

Tickets on sale from June 22 to  


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