Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Danièle Huillet

[photos from: Nicht versöhnt (Not Reconciled, 1965) and On the Lethargy of Perception (1981)]

"The most interesting thing about me is my date of birth; 1 May 1936. After the second diploma I went once to the Sorbonne and ran out again after a half hour, in hatred and terror. Then I prepared for the I.D.H.E.C. - and met Straub in the process. I wanted to make documentaries - ethnographic films. Also: I didn't like blond people with light skin at all; when I was small, I found nothing more beautiful than the girls at school in Paris (where I came only at age 13—before, I was in the country), who were dark. . . . But Straub simply was blond with very light skin, unfortunately! I had learned English and Spanish and then had to learn first German and finally Italian . . . quite dialectical."
- Danièle Huillet, 1976

I only saw Pedro Costa's and Thierry Lounas' Where Does Your Hidden Smile Lie? (2001) just a few days ago and was particularly touched by the following segment, from 6 Bagatelas, composed from the unused reels of Where Does.... Unlike most of the film which occurs within the intense atmosphere of the editing room, we get to see Huillet out in the light, calm as ever:


Blogger Andy Rector said...

deep thanks for this Mubarak -

9:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

and i also thank you, we are already a few addicted to the Straub - Huillet work, which surprises me, in a very good way.

I couldn't find unexpected or interesting images of Huillet or their movies and i don't know how to put them in youtube, but at least i left my "in memoriam" for her too - one day, i'll change my "murnau" name for something like "la chambre vert", since tombstones are quite a few in my space.


8:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

p.s. that was me, José! :)

8:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi. I'm looking for the dvd of "where does your hidden smile lie". As I see that you've seen it, I was wondering if you could let me know where I can go. thanks

11:12 AM  
Blogger Mubarak Ali said...

Anonymous - try doing a search on Pedro Costa or it's Portuguese title, Onde Jaz o Teu Sorriso on TFMOnline, or a cheaper option seems to be this one. The label is Assirio & Alvim. In the last issue of Cinema Scope, Jonathan Rosenbaum hints that it may be getting a newer DVD treatment soon.

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