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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Marcel L'Herbier quote on De Sica and Jacques Tati

This is an interesting quote from an article published in the French daily Combat on 16 July 1949 by the avant-garde silent director Marcel L'Herbier and reprinted in La nouvelle vague et le cinéma d'auteur : socio-analyse d'une révolution artistique by Philippe Mary. [Paris] : Seuil, c2006. (page 61 my translation)

[De] Sica and Tati changed film because in their work nature is actor, object [is ] star, the studio is eliminated, time and space unite and multiply one by the other. The word is visage; and the visage, immensely deepened, is character, and the whole is written there only in the language of the screen.

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