|by Maurice LEMAÎTRE|
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« Heir to the dadaist, surrealist and abstract filmmakers of the 1920s, Lemaître was able to combine equally aesthetics with politics - no easy task and one that fully justifies the current recognition of his work. »
- Gérard Courant, Libération
One of the founding works of lettrist cinema, Le Film est déjà commencé? (Has the Feature Started Yet?) became a major event during its first screenings in Paris in 1951. Despite the critics' lack of consideration, this film's undeniable influence - direct or hidden - on the New Wave as much as on today's cinema makes it a landmark in film history.
« This film must be projected under special conditions: on a screen of new shapes and material and with spectacular goings-on in the cinema lobby and theatre (disruptions, forced jostling, dialogues spoken aloud, confetti and gunshots aimed at the screen...). This is not just a projection, but a true film show, the style of which Maurice Lemaître is the creator. »
- Maurice Lemaître, 1951
Digital Restoration master made by Light Cone and the CNC.
PORTRAIT OF MAURICE LEMAÎTRE by Pip Chodorov (2004, 15 min, 16mm/DV)
Contains a 60-page booklet with texts by Raphaël Bassan and Marc Plas
LE FILM EST DÉJÀ COMMENCÉ ?
1951 / couleur / sonore / 62' 00
by Maurice LEMAÎTRE
|number of disks||1|
|running time||77 min.|