Filmmaker Philippe Grandrieux Q&A in Michelson Theater

Grandrieux030310.JPGOn Tuesday February 23, Sombre (1998), a film by french director Philippe Grandrieux, was screened at the Michelson Theatre in conjunction with the retrospective of his works at the Film Society at the Lincoln Center. The film follows a man who murders women during the Tour de France.
In a clear departure from the tone of Sombre, the Q&A session which followed was lively and filled with much debate over the film. Students, faculty, and guests posed many questions to M. Grandrieux about the representation of violence and compulsive eroticism, the importance of landscapes in his films, and his attempt to dissociate film form and meaning. The topics discussed also included the influence exerted by film theorist Jean Epstein on his works and the state of film in France today.
The event was co-sponsored by the Department of French, the Department of Cinema Studies, and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy. The Q&A session was moderated by Professor Ludovic Cortade (Department of French).
[Ed Note: Thank you to MA student John Morrow for this post]

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