April 21, 2013

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One of my best memories on the relationship of cinema and politics was at (Adriano) Aprà's cine-club, called "Filmstudio", where Straub's The Bridegroom, the Comedienne and the Pimp (1968) was projected: Cohn-Bendit, surrounded by his friends, attacked the film. For him, war and capitalism at the cinema was seeing tanks in Vietnam, to show that in the shots, and he criticized Straub for showing nothing. Straub replied that he did not make the film for students, but for "Cineac" stations*, for prostitutes and pimps. The dialogue was cut short.

- Jean-Claude Biette, interview in Poétique des auteurs

*"Cineac" stations: small movie theaters in Paris or Amsterdam 
in the 60's and 70's, that screened cinema actualités, newsreels; 
often frequented by the homeless.


Andy Rector said...
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Samuel said...

I re-read that (great) interview two days ago! I gather you're aware of the latest (#85) issue of "Trafic"? It's devoted to Biette. Just bought it, looking forward to reading it.