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Martine Guyot-Bender, Professor of French at Hamilton College, will deliver a talk on Thursday, April 10th at 4:30 P.M. in the Paino Room, 107 Beneski Hall. The talk is entitled:
Art and Reality in Social Film Documentary. Who is Filming? Who is Talking? Who is Watching?
The representation of reality, of the world the way "it is," has become somewhat of an obsession in our image-based era. Some critics say in fact that we are in the midst of a golden age of film documentary. Casual viewers and even some critics tend, however, to forget that film documentary is above all a constructed, cinematographic experience, not life projected on screen. Starting with Alain Resnais' commentary on images and reality in his groundbreaking Hiroshima mon amour from the 1950s, Professor Guyot-Bender will focus on social documentaries produced by SLON/ISKRA, a small underground French production company founded by the pioneering filmmaker, Chris Marker. Professor Guyot-Bender will examine the relationship that audiences of film documentaries create with the characters on screen, as well as the artisitic and story-telling strategies that appear in even the grimmest of the SLON/ISKRA documentaries.
All are welcome. A reception will follow the lecture.
This lecture is sponsored by the Amherst College French Department and the Georges Lurcy Lecture Series Fund at Amherst College.
French Film Series in Newport House
Wednesday, January 29th, 7PM: Intouchables
Wednesday, February 12th, 7PM: L'esquive
Wednesday, February 26th, 7PM: Gainsbourg, vie héroïque
Wednesday, March 12th, 7PM: Astérix et Obélix, Mission Cléopâtre
Wednesday, April 2nd, 7PM: Les Diaboliques
Wednesday, April 16th, 7PM: Delicatessen
Wednesday, April 30th, 7PM: Starbuck
All films have English subtitles.