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Localisation : rue des moines, paris
Date d'inscription : 11/11/2006

MessageSujet: serge daney on marcel carne   Mer 29 Nov - 12:56

i found this on a blog dedicated to the great french critic Serge Daney :

Citation :
Three years later, Marcel Carné, who is not that old and is extremely
respected, announces that he is going to make a movie about youth. It
was Les Tricheurs, a long forgotten movie. It was a gigantic event.
Everybody was talking about it. It was released in 1958, made in 1957,
two years before the Nouvelle Vague. And people were saying: “it’s
horrible, Carné reveals a cynical world. Young people are no longer
humans. They are monsters. They sleep together. Are they really our
children?” And Carné was replying: “you don’t understand. They need
love. We must talk to them.” There was this horrible debate in the very
backward France of the 50s. A debate that sounds ridiculous today
because the movie is absolutely insignificant. The movie is of no
interest whatsoever except that it was talked about a lot at the time.
And when I say “Carné didn’t see anything”, I am not saying his
conception of the youth was a bit dated – after all, old people are not
always wrong. But Carné had organised auditions. He auditioned Paul
Belmondo, hesitated and didn’t select him. One year later Godard or
Truffaut - I don’t know which one - saw Belmondo, and here you go. It’s
like Bardot.

Transcript of the filmed interview Daney gave to Regis Debray in 1992 for French TV magazine Océaniques.
Full video is available in DVD as Itinéraire d’un ciné-fils, Montparnasse Editions, 2005

I found it here : http://sergedaney.blogspot.com

By the way, read the full transcript, it's really interesting...

I have never understood why you can't love Carne's movies and say
Godard's movies (which i'm very fond of / of course not all but les
"histoire(s)s du cinéma" is probably his masterwork).

Are you agree with this ?
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