Sunday, March 16, 2008

you may already know this, but...

... Marcel Hanoun has made several of his films available for online viewing:

Despite the lack of subtitles and the compromised screen size, I'd recommend giving these films and videos some time. Included among the 15 films is his most recent work, Insaisissable Image (2007), a video diary shot using his mobile phone camera, along with such older masterworks like La Vérité sur l'imaginaire passion d'un inconnu (1974, with Bresson discoveries Anne Wiazemsky and Isabelle Weingarten, and Hanoun-favourite Michel Lonsdale), The Authentic Trial of Carl-Emmanuel Jung (1966), and Otage (1989), among others.

ADDENDUM: Just noticed Nicole Brenez's translated column in the latest (e-)Cahiers du Cinema, A Class War (pp. 46-47), which discusses this event and gives us a brief translation of Hanoun's manifesto from his website:

"With poor and derisory resources, with the help and goodwill of those who have worked with me, I have been able to make my films. I have stolen them, torn them from a place in the shadows rarely offered to the Public, forbidden. My films have been removed from the propaganda of a certain critical intelligentsia - conventional, servile, lacking creativity and a spirit of discovery, surviving solely via association with a single commercial prospective. Today I offer up my own accomplished creations to the creative side, the conscious side, for the awakening of each of us, for the one found perpetually locked inside an anonymous entity, depersonalized, reduced to a global mass, the Public. I offer up individually, to whomever so desires them, my stolen films."

More in the comments below...


Blogger Zach Campbell said...

Well, I was a bit out of the loop--thanks so much for the tip, Mubarak!

1:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

great great great!, greetings from an ignorant man.

josé (murnau)

12:39 PM  
Blogger Andy Rector said...

holy shit! Thanks Mubarak!

4:56 AM  
Blogger Mubarak Ali said...

Zach, José, Andy - glad to have pointed this out!

Another bit from the aforementioned Brenez column:

"The only art that was ever truly for the people" is film, as Godard said, but has it managed to escape the logics of production and confiscation governing the history of fine arts, under the control alternately or simultaneously of the chuch, the state and the economy? Marcel Hanoun has abandoned industrial filmmaking, unable to deal with its hierarchical and financial constraints (his only commercial film was The Eighth Day, in 1960, with Emmanuelle Riva.) Hanoun, a cinematic freelancer who worked on film before moving to video, and who never stops writing or shooting despite a lack of subsidies or popularity, began a petition in 2002 against "audiovisual mistreatment" or the non-distribution of films. Like Jean-François Richet's Ma 6-T va crack-er (1996), the text is determined by article XXXV of the 1793 Déclaration des droits de l'Homme et du Citoyen (Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen): "When government violates the rights of the People, insurrection is, for the People and for every division of the People, the most sacred of rights and the most indispensable of duties."

The artistic insurrection found its best weapon in 2008, when Marcel Hanoun, Rubens unchained, began to make his films available online..."

10:21 AM  
Blogger Renegade Eye said...

Thank you for sharing.

5:31 AM  
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