From: Pip Chodorov (email suppressed)
Date: Thu Oct 09 2008 - 04:38:21 PDT
I just wanted to announce that Isou's film is now
available from Re:Voir on DVD Pal.
Sorry for the commercial plug below, but many
people have been waiting for this release.
It is the first authorized home video release of
the full-length feature and trailer, with
subtitles in English, Spanish, Italian and German.
OK, back to discussions...
Traité de Bave et d'Eternité, Isidore Isou, 1951
Isidore Isou arrived in Paris from Romania in
1945 where he founded the Lettriste movement and
published many books. Letterism attempted to
break down poetry into letters and syllables, and
then all arts into their constituent parts, to
build up new languages for each art form. LE
TRAITE DE BAVE ET D'ETERNITE (On Venom and
Eternity) was the first Lettrist film manifesto.
Isou brought it uninvited to the Cannes Film
Festival (1951) where it won the audience prize
for the avant-garde. Jean Cocteau's poster
promoted the 1952 release on the Champs-Elysées.
The film is Isou's "revolt against cinema": the
sound and the picture are purposefully unrelated,
and the images are destroyed by bleach and
scratched. The film is a landmark work that
prefigured the letterist and situationist cinema
to come and influenced many experimental
"The greatest filmmaker of all time... ISOU is
the leader of our generation." -Maurice Lemaitre,
The DVD "Traité de bave et d'Eternité" (31,00¤) is available through:
41, rue du Faubourg St Martin 75010 Paris
For info on FrameWorks, contact Pip Chodorov at <email suppressed>.