Re: French films: place, nature and landscape (suggestions?)

From: Andy Ditzler (email suppressed)
Date: Thu Apr 02 2009 - 14:30:58 PDT


I would second Chris's recommendation of Rose Lowder's films - which may still be available on VHS from re:voir. Place as a subject in her films is covered in Scott MacDonald's book "The Garden in the Machine: a field guide to independent films about place."

Consider Guy Debord's "Sur le passage de quelques personnes à travers une assez courte unité de temps" (On the Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment in Time) and "In girum imus nocte et consumimur igni," in which Paris as locale plays a strong role.

The Lumieres' Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat might work as well.

Jonas Mekas's short film Cassis - time-lapse of a day at the port.

Jean Vigo's "A Propos de Nice."

Andy Ditzler

-----Original Message-----
>From: Scott Ross <email suppressed>
>Sent: Apr 2, 2009 4:38 PM
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>Subject: French films: place, nature and landscape (suggestions?)
>I'm doing research on French (and francophone) films that depict
>landscapes, the natural world, or a strong "sense of place" in
>interesting ways. For example, I'm looking at "JLG/JLG autoportrait en
>décembre" for Godard's use of the Lausanne countryside, short
>documentaries by Jean Painlevé, and Michael Snow's "La Région
>central." Does anyone have any suggestions for films or scholarly
>criticism on the subject? I'm not restricting myself solely to
>experimental works. I'm looking in particular for films available
>online, on VHS, or on DVD, since I don't have access to projectors at
>my school. Thanks!
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