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Scratch Projection / September 24, 2019

TOWARD THE INTEGRAL CINEMA OF GERMAINE DULAC

Screening presented by Clément Lafite, archivist and researcher, to mark the release of the book What Is Cinema? by Germaine Dulac & Marie-Anne Colson-Malleville, published by Light Cone Editions in September 2019

What Is Cinema? by Germaine Dulac & Marie-Anne Colson-Malleville is a theoretical and historical work edited by Clément Lafite and Tami Williams that brings together Germaine Dulac's unpublished notes, which were collected by her assistant and partner Marie-Anne Colson-Malleville and preserved in the Light Cone archives. To mark the release of this book over eighty years after its initial conception, Germaine Dulac's avant-garde films from the 1920s will be presented in their restored versions as part of a special screening accompanied by a musical performance by L’Inquiétant Suspendu (Pascale Berthomier & Xavier Vochelle).

A pioneer of experimental cinema and a highly talented theorist, Germaine Dulac discusses in What Is Cinema? many aspects of the industry of the Seventh Art, including spectators' tastes, the importance of film societies, contemporary cinematographic topics, and montage. In a chapter of the book specifically dedicated to the avant-garde, she gives her definition of "integral cinema": "Harmony of lines, surfaces, volumes, directly evolving without artifices of evocations, according to the logic of their forms which are stripped of all overly human meanings, to better reach for abstraction and leave more space for sensations and dreams: such is the integral cinema to which certain filmmakers are attached."

Germaine Dulac herself tested cinematically this theoretical vision by directing three short films that are considered abstract: Étude cinégraphique sur une arabesque (1929), Disque 957 (1928) and Thèmes et variations (1928) – all three have been digitized and restored under Light Cone's direction with the support of the CNC. Elsewhere in her writings, Dulac evokes the work of her colleague Henri Chomette in Cinq minutes de cinéma pur (1925-26), which will also be presented in the program, followed by one of Dulac's master works, La Coquille et le Clergyman (1927), a Surrealist film based on a script by Antonin Artaud, which marks a turning point in Dulac's filmography, playing on the traditional cinematic narration in use until then.

The screening will be followed by a reception and discussion with Clément Lafite, co-editor of the book, which will be available for purchase.

TOWARD THE INTEGRAL CINEMA OF GERMAINE DULAC

Tuesday September 24, 2019, 20:30



CINQ MINUTES DE CINÉMA PUR
by Henri CHOMETTE
1925-1926 / 16mm / b&w / silent / 5' 00
THÈMES ET VARIATIONS
(Version restaurée)
by Germaine DULAC
1928 / DCP / b&w / silent / 11' 13
DISQUE 957
(Version restaurée)
by Germaine DULAC
1928 / 35mm / b&w / silent / 6' 00
ÉTUDE CINÉMATOGRAPHIQUE SUR UNE ARABESQUE
(Version restaurée)
by Germaine DULAC
1929 / 35mm / b&w / silent / 8' 17
LA COQUILLE ET LE CLERGYMAN
by Germaine DULAC
1927 / 35mm / b&w / silent / 40' 00

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