Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Guillaume Depardieu (1971 - 2008)

The traces left behind --

[ From Ne touchez pas la hache (Jacques Rivette, 2007) : the sound of Armand/Guillaume's footsteps as he waits for the Duchess in her salon, evidence of a tremendous physical presence / un homme blessé - one of the most haunting, and haunted, in recent years - a performance that is free enough to attempt to seek the truth about "the nature of presence" itself, of searing emotion, desire, fear, pain, through an astonishing brutality in the face of powerlessness. A mortal investigation... ]


Blogger Mubarak Ali said...

If one cannot play the clip above: http://boxstr.com/files/3841214_aihgw/Guillaume%20D..MP3

9:48 AM  
Anonymous Daniel said...

I had a great experience watching this with some friends, none of whom (including myself) knew about Depardieu's amputated leg, and after the film all we could talk about was the magnificence of the stomping sound throughout, the apex of the film's sublimely heightened realism of sound design.

8:13 PM  
Anonymous Michael Lieberman said...

I listened to the soundtrack to "Pola X" all afternoon and found traces of his performance and presence. Too soon.

2:08 AM  
Blogger Mubarak Ali said...

Daniel, the sound of Depardieu's footsteps echoes in my head whenever I think about the film, as it did for the entirety of the day I saw it (a screening of Portabella's The Silence Before Bach immediately after the Rivette was just about ruined for me!).

Michael, I hope to rent Pola X and revisit it this weekend.

1:02 PM  
Blogger Renegade Eye said...

I unfortunately never saw him act.

He was the unlucky one in the family.


6:42 PM  
Blogger peter said...

One of my favourite Guillaume Depardieu films is Les Apprentis.

6:32 AM  
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