Jean-Danie Pollet at Anthology

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Date/Time: 01/11/2008 12:00 am

Anthology Film Archive
32 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10003 (212) 505-5181
Screening at 6:30pm
by Jean-Daniel Pollet
1966, 38 minutes, 35mm. In French with projected English subtitles. Based on a story by Guy de Maupassant.
A very free adaptation of a celebrated novella by de Maupassant. In an isolated house on the seashore, a handsome and vulnerable young man finds an unknown force growing within himself that will eventually drive him mad. Pollet worked with the painter Claude Bellegarde to find colors corresponding to each stage in his protagonist’s malady.
1973, 44 minutes, 35mm. In French with projected English subtitles.
This portrait of an abandoned leper colony on the Cretan island of Spinalonga, and in particular of the colony’s ar-ticulate and compelling leader, Raimondakis, is certainly one of Pollet’s finest and most haunting works. Having es-tablished his fascination with ruins in BASSAE, he here explores a ruin of a different and far more disturbing kind.
“[Raimondakis], ravaged by his disease and completely blind, looks straight into Pollet’s lens and, smoking elegantly, talks with clarity and lucid anger about his life. His presence is mesmerizing, the interview a tour-de-force of human sympathy, and, later in his life, Pollet said he considered Raimondakis to be ‘one of my masters.’” –Chris Darke, FILM COMMENT
1986, 13 minutes, 35mm. In French with projected English subtitles.
Père Lachaise cemetery reflects the socio-economic hierarchy of French society during the second half of the 19th century. The film pays homage to the Communards who were shot and whose simple commemorative gravestone contrasts with the insolence of the monuments of the great bourgeois families.
Total running time: ca. 100 minutes.
Upcoming Showings:
Saturday Nov 1 6:30 PM
Monday Nov 3 7:15 PM
Wednesday Nov 5 9:00 PM

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