Thursday, October 16, 2008

Une visite au Louvre

FR 2004. PC: Straub-Huillet / Atopic / Le Fresnoy. D+SC: Jean-Marie Straub, Danièle Huillet - based on Joaquim Gasquet: Cézanne (1926). DP: William Lubtchansky, Renato Berta. SD: Jean-Pierre Duret, Jean-Pierre Laforce. Initiator: Dominique Païni. Voices: Julie Koltaï (Paul Cézanne), Jean-Marie Straub (Joachim Gasquet). 80 min. - A La Cinémathèque francaise print, e-subtitles in Finnish by Lena Talvio. Viewed at Cinema Orion, Helsinki, 16 October 2008. - A beautiful print, beautiful colour. - A twice-told film. It literally ends at 49 minutes and starts again identically, but with a slightly different edit. - I watched the first 49 minutes. - A visit to the Louvre with Cézanne as imagined / remembered by Joaquim Gasquet. The idea of the painting filling the frame follows the Bazin concept (his essays on Resnais etc.). Cinema as a vehicle for painting. The paradise of the senses.

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