|by Maurice LEMAÎTRE|
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An emblematic figure of Lettrism, Maurice Lemaître looks back on the historical years of the foundation of the movement, his meeting with his friend Isidore Isou and his first achievements in the field of poetry, novels, painting and cinema.
From his first article, written for Le Corbusier's magazine L'Homme et l'Architecture to the plates of his metagraphic novel Canailles (1950), passing through the investigation by Libertaire on Céline, the first issues of his mythical magazine Ur or of his journal Front de la Jeunesse, Lemaître answers questions from his interlocutors and also comes back to the circumstances of the making of Isou's Traité de Bave et d’éternité and of his own film Le Film est déjà commencé ?, his relationship with Tristan Tzara and the Surrealists, as well as his action in favour of the futurist Russolo or the Dada manifestos, complete a whole in which the question of the surname is also elucidated.
An important text of the 1960s is published as the opening of this journal, which synthesizes the successive contributions of his first two films: Le Film est déjà commencé ? (1951) and Un Soir au cinéma, followed by Pour faire un Film (1962-63).
Numerous photographs and documents, almost all unpublished, enrich and illustrate this journal. An indispensable work for grasping the historical, aesthetic and political dimensions of Maurice Lemaître's work, on the one hand, and of Lettrism, on the other, as a radical avant-garde movement.
|city and year of publication||Paris, 2005|