Cinema Sex Politics: Bertolucci Makes 'The Dreamers'

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Genre: Documentary
 
IMDB:
7.4
Year:
2003
52 min
198 Views

The first time I saw a movie

at the Cinmathque Franaise...

I thought, "Only the French--

Only the French would house

a cinema inside a palace."

The movie was

Sam Fuller's Shock Corridor.

Its images were so powerful,

it was like being hypnotized.

I was 20 years old.

It was the late '60s...

and I'd come to Paris

for a year to study French.

But it was here

that I got my real education.

I became a member of what in those days

was kind of a free masonry.

A free masonry of cinephiles...

what we'd call "film buffs."

I was one of the insatiables...

the ones you'd always find

sitting closest to the screen.

Why do we sit so close?

Maybe it was because we wanted

to receive the images first...

when they were still new,

still fresh...

before they cleared the hurdles

of the rows behind us...

before they'd been relayed back

from row to row, spectator to spectator...

until worn-out, secondhand,

the size of a postage stamp...

it returned to the

projectionist's cabin.

Doctor, I'm not nuts!

I'm here from the paper! I'm a plant!

Maybe, too, the screen

really was a screen.

It screened us...

from the world.

But there was one evening

in the spring of 1968...

when the world finally

burst through the screen.

The pawn of an obscure coalition...

of dubious interests...

the Minister Malraux

has driven...

Henri Langlois out

of the French Cinematheque.

...if offered us all

a free and fair conception...

of French film culture.

Now, for bureaucratic reasons,

culture's arch-enemies...

have seized this bastion

of liberty.

Resist them!

- Liberty isn't given!

- It's taken!

All those who love film...

- In France...

- And abroad.

...are with you.

And with Henry Langlois!

It was Henri Langlois,

who created the Cinmathque...

and it was because

he liked to show movies...

instead of letting them rot

in some underground vault...

to show any movies--

good, bad, old, new...

silents, Westerns, thrillers--

that all the New Wave filmmakers

came here to learn their craft.

This was where

modern cinema was born.

What lies behind it?

The police!

Langlois had been sacked

by the government...

and it seemed like every film buff

in Paris had turned out in protest.

It was our very own

cultural revolution.

Excuse me.

Can you remove this?

It's stuck to my lips.

Can you remove my cigarette?

It's stuck.

Yes, yes...

of course.

Sorry.

- What are you, English?

- No. I'm American.

You can put it out now.

- What's your name?

- Matthew.

You're here a lot, aren't you?

But you never talk to anyone.

We've been wondering

why you're always alone.

I don't really know anybody.

How come you're

chained to the gates?

I'm not chained to the gates.

- You're awfully clean.

- What?

For someone who likes

the cinema so much.

- Do you know Jacques?

- Jacques?

"If shit could shit,

it would smell just like Jacques."

My brother's

gone to talk to him.

When he gets back, you'll be able

to smell Jacques on him.

It's like being around pigs.

- You speak English really well.

- What?

- You speak English really well.

- My mother's English.

- Here's Theo. When I introduce you,

just give him a sniff.

- Come on.

Truffaut, Godard, Charbol, Rivette...

and Renoir, Jean Roach,

Rohmer are here.

Signoret, Jean Marais

and God knows who else.

Marcel Carne too.

Why is Came here?

What should we do?

Stay or leave?

I don't know.

Theo, this is Matthew.

- You were right. He's American.

- Hi.

I've seen you around. You've been coming

to all the Nicholas Rays.

Yeah. I really like his movies.

- What? They Live By Night?

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