1. Journal no 8i
2. Journal no 8ii
3. Paradise Now: Essential French Avant-garde Cinema
1. Journal no 8i has been published. It contains the following articles:
5-16 Sebastian Scholz and Hanna Surma, Exceeding the limits of representation: screen and/as skin in Claire Denis's Trouble Every Day (2001)
17-28 Elizabeth Newton, The phenomenology of desire: Claire Denis'sVendredi soir (2002)
29-39 Laura McMahon, The withdrawal of touch: Denis, Nancy and L'Intrus
41-56 Richard Neupert, Kirikou and the animated figure/body
57-73 Jonathan Driskell, The female 'metaphysical' body in poetic realist film
75-88 Jennie Cousins, Flesh and fabric: the five elements of Jean-Paul Gaultier's costume design in Luc Besson's Le Cinquième élément (1997)
2. Journal no 8ii will contain articles on L'Emploi du temps, Godard's 1960s films and theories of realism, Renaissance, Paris in Cléo de 5 à 7 and Le Fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain, Pierre Batcheff, L'Année dernière à Marienbad. Contents and abstracts are now available.
3. PARADISE NOW! Essential French Avant-garde Cinema, 1890-2008 Friday 14 March - Friday 2 May 2008 Tate Modern
Don't miss 7 weekends of the best French avant-garde cinema, including an unprecedented selection of over 80 pioneering experimental films from the last hundred years, including classics, as well as marvellous surprises, from psychedelia to erotica, via music videos and radical political filmmaking. The theme of each screening is inspired by manifestos written by celebrated DADA provocateurs Marcel Duchamp and Tristan Tzara, and is guaranteed to make you look at the French avant-garde in a new light. It also marks the 40th anniversary of the May 1968 protest movements that sparked a revolutionary shift which resounds today. The series demonstrates the political vitality and formal diversity of the French avant-garde from the beginnings of cinema to the present day.
The series includes pioneering films by Christian Boltanski, Alberto Cavalcanti, Marcel Duchamp, Jean Epstein, Gérard Fromanger, Philippe Garrel, Jean-Luc Godard, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Maria Klonaris & Katerina Thomadaki, Ange Leccia, Maurice Lemaître, Rose Lowder, Louis Lumière, Étienne-Jules Marey, Chris Marker, Georges Méliès, László Moholy-Nagy, Pierre Molinier, Marylène Negro, Man Ray, Carole Roussopoulos, Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet, Ben Vautier, René Vautier and many more.
Curated by Nicole Brenez, Michael Temple, Michael Witt, Pierre d'Amerval and Laurent Mannoni in association with Tate Modern and La Cinémathèque française.
Friday 14 March, 19.00
Programme 1: Figurative
Kicking off the season is an evening of films about bodies, magic, movement, and how cinema transforms the material world. A short film by George Méliès - the renowned turn-of-the-century 'cinemagician' and pioneer of special effects - is joined by work from Etienne-Jules Marey, famed for the very earliest experiments in representing the human form on film, and recent work by video performance artists Klonaris and Thomadaki.
Films by Etienne-Jules Marey et Georges Demenÿ (1892-1900), 15'
Louis Lumière, Bocal aux poissons rouges, 1896, 1', 35 mm Georges Méliès, Les bulles de savons vivantes (Soap Bubbles), 1906, 5', 35 mm Lucien Bull, Série 7 (Éclatements de bulles de savon), 1907, 5', 35 mm Lucien Bull, Circulation du Sang: mésentère de la grenouille, 1904 Lucien Bull, Développement des anneaux de Liesegang, 1904 Lucien Bull, L'Ouverture des fleurs de lys, 1904 Jacques Monory, Ex, 1968, 5', 16 mm Patrice Kirchhofer, Chromaticité I, 1977, 11', 16 mm Raymonde Carasco, Gradiva, 1977, 25',16 mm Jean-Michel Bouhours, Vagues à Collioure de, 1991, 6', 16 mm Maria Klonaris and Katerina Thomadaki, Pulsar, 2001, 14', video
Programme duration 91 minutes
Presented by the curators.
Saturday 15 March 2008, 19.00
Programme 2: Critical
A programme dedicated to the critical powers of cinema, its radical interrogation of the nature of sounds and images, and of the ethical function of cinema's place in the world. Including work by Maurice Lemaître, eminent member of the provocative Lettrism movement, René Vautier, leading light of militant filmmaking, and Michel Desrois, member of the utopian Medvedkine Group.
Jean-Pierre Lajournade, Cinéma Cinéma, 1969, 35mm Michel Desrois, Lettre à mon ami Pol Cèbe, 1970, 17', 16mm Maurice Lemaître, Films imaginaires, 1985, 28', 16mm René Vautier, Destruction des archives, 10', 16mm Othello Vilgard, Lighting, 2002, 7', 16mm Ariane Michel, The Screening, 2007, 24', video
Programme duration 88 minutes
Sunday 16 March, 15.00
Programme 3: Musical
From the 1930s to the present day, this selection of films explores the infinite possibilities of the relationships between music and image. Including an FJ Ossang film featuring industrial music pioneers Throbbing Gristle, and vanguard director Philippe Grandrieux's collaboration with Marilyn Manson.
Jean Epstein, Les Berceaux, 1931, 5', 16mm Dimitri Kirsanoff, Les Berceaux, 1931, 7', 35mm Marcel Hanoun, Feria, 1961, 19', 35mm Jérôme de Missolz, Entrées de secours, 1982, 18', 16mm (music by The Clash, PIL, Iggy Pop, The Cramps, Siouxsie and the Banshees, and Devo)
Éric Duyckaerts, Kant, 2000, 6', video
FJ Ossang, Silencio, 2006, 20', 35mm (music by Throbbing Gristle)
Philippe Grandrieux, Putting Holes in Happiness, France, 2007, 4', video (music by Marilyn Manson)
Programme duration 71 minutes
Friday 21 March, 19.00
Programme 4 : Pure
A programme of films devoted to legendary philosopher Gilles Deleuze's concept of the 'pure optical and sound image'. Including Alberto Cavalcanti's Nothing but the Hours, a monumental film taking the pulse of metropolitan Paris in the 1920s - one of the very first 'City Symphonies' - and Augustin Gimel's luminous celebrations of abstract form.
Alberto Cavalcanti, Rien que les heures, 1926, 40', 35 mm Rose Lowder, Roulement, rouerie, aubage, 1978, 15', 16 mm Patrick Bokanowski, La Plage, 1991, 14', 35 mm Yves Berthier et Jean-François Dalle, Tribologie, 1996, 5', 16 mm Augustin Gimel, 1305, 2001, 2', video Augustin Gimel, Radar, 2001, 2', video Hugo Verlinde, Bételgeuse, 2004, 4'28, video
Programme duration 83 minutes
Saturday 22 March, 19.00
Programme 5: Political
A night of revolutionary political films, demonstrating the formal rigour of truly radical cinema. Classic militant films by artist László Moholy-Nagy and René Vautier are followed by Jean Genet's extraordinary appearance in a film for Civil Rights activist Angela Davis, and the notorious S.C.U.M. Manifesto - originally written by Valerie Solanas, the woman who shot Andy Warhol.
László Moholy-Nagy, Marseille Vieux-Port, 1929, 9', 35 mm René Vautier, Afrique 50, 1951, 20', 16mm Carole Roussopoulos, Jean Genet parle d'Angela Davis, 1970, 8', video Dominique Avron, Claudine Eizykman, Guy Fihman, Jean-François Lyotard, L'Autre Scène, 1974, 6', 16mm Carole Roussopoulos et Delphine Seyrig, S. C. U. M. Manifesto, 1976, 28', video Mounir Fatmi, Embargo, 1997, 7'30, video Zoulikha Bouabdellah, Dansons, 2003, 5', video
Programme duration 84 minutes
Friday 28 March, 19.00
Programme 6: Psychedelic
A programme of mind-altering films that will astonish and inspire in equal measure. From the earliest experiments in animation by Émile Cohl, via the infamous erotic surrealism of Pierre Molinier, to Man Ray's radical DADA experiments and the psychedelic work of Pierre Clémenti, these films will leave your senses reeling.
Émile Cohl, Les lunettes féeriques, 1909, 5', 35mm Man Ray, Le Retour à la raison, 1923, 2', 35 mm
Pierre Molinier, Jambes (aka Mes Jambes), France, 1964, 10', 16 mm (with Pierre Molinier, Janine Delannoy, étienne O'Leary)
Pierre Clémenti, Visa de censure n°X, 1967, 43', 16 mm Ode Bitton, Mise au point de, 1972, 13', 35mm (with Gabriel Pomerand)
Programme duration 72 minutes
Saturday 29 March, 19.00
Programme 7: X
With titles such as Ogres, Fuck, and Clandestine Porn Film, this programme is not for the prudish. Pushing back the boundaries of acceptability, these films include Man Ray's early erotic experiments, Lionel Soukaz's 70s post-queer-punk masterpiece, and Augustin Gimel's radical remix of pornographic iconography.
Anonymous, Film porno clandestin, c1930, 3', 16 mm
Barbara Glowczewska, Maladie d'amour, 1977, 6', 16mm
Lionel Soukaz, Ixe, 1980, 45', 35 mm
Yves-Marie Mahé, Fuck, 1999, 4'30, 16mm
Ruth Anderwald, Bravo !, 2000, 1'05, 2000, Super 8
Jean-Paul Nogues, Ogres, 2001, 7', video Raphaël Gray, Rythmixxx, 2002, 7', video Augustin Gimel, Fig. 4., 2004, 5', video Johanna Vaude, Love and Death, 2006, 6', video
Programme duration 78 minutes
This programme contains adult content.
Sunday 30 March, 15.00
Programme 8: Text
An afternoon of films exploring the relationships between text, sound and image. Renowned artist Christian Boltanski's early film examines the loneliness of a working-class mother, referring both to Anne Frank's diary, and to the human condition under capitalism. Jean-Luc Godard offers a characteristically intricate and thought-provoking reflection on time and cinema's relation to history.
Christian Boltanski, Essai de reconstitution des 46 jours qui précédèrent la mort de Françoise Guiniou, 1971, 19', 16mm
Luc Meichler, Allée des signes de Gisèle Rapp-Meichler, 1976, 21', 16mm Gisèle Rap-Meichler, Rosa Rot, 1994/2001, 8', video Sabine Massenet, Je comprends moi aussi le langage des oiseaux, 1999-2000, 8'
Stefani de Loppinot, Calamity Jane, 2002, 10'
Marylène Negro, Ich Sterbe, 2007, 12', video Jean-Luc Godard and Anne-Marie Miéville, Dans le noir du temps (In the Blackness of Time), 2002, 11'
Programme duration 81 minutes
Friday 11 April, 19.00
Programme 9: Burlesque
The thought-provoking humour of burlesque has always been a major factor in cinematic invention. Presenting films from the birth of cinema to the 21st century, this night includes work by the pioneering Lumière brothers, Fluxus icon Ben, Marcel Duchamp's hypnotic masterpiece, Anémic Cinema, and Abel Gance's fantastical, farcical ode to the magic and power of cinema starring Max Linder, Help!
Louis Lumière, Démolition d'un mur (The Falling Wall), 1896, 2', 35mm Louis Lumière, Écriture à l'envers, 1896, 1', 35mm Louis Lumière, Le squelette joyeux, 1897, 1', 35mm Abel Gance et Max Linder, Au secours!, 1923, 40', 35mm Marcel Duchamp, Anemic Cinema, 1927, 7', 35 mm
Gérard Courant, Cinématon n° 288 : Jean-Pierre Bouyxou, France, 1983, 3'55, Super 8
Ben, Actions de rue de Ben, 1960-1972, 25', video
Christelle Lheureux, Bingo Show, 2003, 8', video
Programme duration 88 minutes
Saturday 12 April, 19.00
Programme 10: Philippe Garrel
Garrel's dreamy, minimalist masterpiece, The Crystal Cradle, stars his then partner Nico as the unforgettably beautiful muse of creativity. The film also features Anita Pallenberg, painter Frédéric Pardo, and Pierre Clémenti, icon of the Sixties avant-garde, all accompanied by a haunting soundtrack by Ash Ra Tempel.
Le berceau de cristal de Philippe Garrel, 1976, 80', 35mm
Programme duration 80 minutes
Sunday 13 April, 15.00
Programme 11: Philippe Grandrieux
Philippe Grandrieux is the director of numerous documentary-essays and two features that constitute the most advanced point of contemporary cinematic research. This screening includes two shorts, plus La Vie nouvelle, which explores all the ways in which we fail to understand the world: sleep, dream, fantasy, trance, delirium, and the general confusion of bodies and perceptions.
Un Lac (excerpt, work in progress), 2008 L'Arrière-saison, 2007, 10', video La vie nouvelle, 2002, 102', 35 mm
Programme duration 120'
Friday 18 April, 19.00
Programme 12: Marylène Negro
Marylène Negro's work seeks to re-open the question of optical experience. At stake here is the manner in which things appear (light, a landscape, a face, movement), captured with a radical, delicate elegance.
Le Pont, 4'50", 2001
Ravalement, 5'43", 2001
Raid, 3'30", 2006
Une nuit, 3'57", 2006
Pa, 4'55", 2007
Message, 35", 2007
Elding, 37', 2006
Programme duration 62 minutes
Saturday 19 April, 19.00
Programme 13: Ange Leccia and Dominique Gonzalez Foerster Ange Leccia and Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, major figures on the international contemporary art scene, both address cinema in their work. Gonzalez-Foerster produces films, installations and performances that stage the unfolding of psychological and emotional dramas. Leccia deploys video projections in architectural interventions and arrangements, to relay stories of personal and public dramas.
Ange Leccia, Stridura, 1980, 13', 16mm
Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Plages, 2001, 15', 35mm Ange Leccia, True Romance, 2004, 5', video Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Atomic Park, 2004, 9', 35mm Ange Leccia, Perfect Day, 2007, 67', video
Programme duration 110'
Friday 25 April, 19.00
Programme 14: Jean-Marie Straub et Danièle Huillet The rigorous, stimulating films of Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet have provoked strong reactions since their debut in 1965. Valuing the soundtrack as much as the visual image, they favour direct sound. Most of their films are based on pre-existing works of art. This screening includes two recent films: a short political pamphlet, and an adaptation of thepoet Joachim Gasquet's account of discussions about painting with Paul Cézanne.
Jean-Marie Straub et Danièle Huillet, Europa 2005 - 27 Octobre, 2005, 12', video Jean-Marie Straub et Danièle Huillet, Une visite au Louvre, 2004, 64', 35mm
Programme duration 76'
Friday 2 May, 19.00
Programme 15: May 68
Commemorating the 40th anniversary of the revolutionary protest events of May 1968 in France, this programme reflects filmmakers' desire to document political events alternatively, taking take direct revolutionary action through cinema and inventing new film forms along the way. Part of the season All Power to the Imagination! 1968 and Its Legacies. For full details visit www.1968.org.uk <http://www.1968.org.uk/> .
Chris Marker and Jean-Luc Godard, Ciné-Tracts 1 - 16, 1968, 35', 16mm Gérard Fromanger (with Jean-Luc Godard), Film-Tract n°1968, 1968, 3', 16mm Gérard Fromanger, Le Rouge, 1969, 3', 16mm Groupe Medvedkine de Sochaux, Sochaux, 11 juin 68, 1970, 20', 16mm Daniel Pommereulle, Vite, 1969, 30', 35mm
Programme duration 91 minutes
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