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Les Statues meurent aussi (1953)

Original Title : Statues meurent aussi, Les
Director : Chris Marker
Alain Resnais
Writer : Chris Marker
Genre : Documentary
Short
Country : France
Language : French
Music : Guy Bernard
Photography : Ghislain Cloquet
IMDB ID : 0046365
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poster for "Les Statues meurent aussi" by Chris Marker | Alain Resnais (1953)
Les Statues meurent aussi (1953) - Chris Marker | Alain Resnais
 

Starring

Jean Négroni Récitant/Narrator (voice
François Mitterrand Himself (archive footage
Sugar Ray Robinson Himself (archive footage
 

Plot

This collaborative film, banned for more than a decade by French censors as an attack on French colonialism (and now available only in shortened form), is a deeply felt study of African art and the decline it underwent as a result of its contact with Western civilization. Marker’s characteristically witty and thoughtful commentary is combined with images of a stark formal beauty in this passionate outcry against the fate of an art that was once integral to communal life but became debased as it fell victim to the demands of another culture.
 

Comments

The Art of Africa, 14 May 2006 Author: Christopher Mulrooney from Los Angeles Essentially this is an exhibition of African art with a commentary and supplemental material designed to render comprehension uncluttered by mistaken notions about cultural differences and aesthetic traditionalisms.This is ironic after Picasso, Modigliani, Klee and Matisse, and lends an air of naiveté to the filmmakers', transaction with the public, but they want a clear view unobstructed by any angles, so they cover them all one after another with a sort of diffidence toward the whole idea of appreciation. Every mental backwater is reached and abandoned, while at the same time the works are exhaustively shown. It isn',t the way you look at them that',s so important, it',s that you see them in themselves.The additional material amusingly describes the decline into "bazaar art", the dilemma of the artist between "iconoclastic Islam" and "idol-burning Christianity", etc. "His work has lost its magic," adrift betwixt old and new."Objects die when living eyes see them no more," an observation expanded upon by Godard in É,loge De L',Amour.