Pack 2 DVD Maurice Lemaître

Pack of 2 DVDs with films by Maurice Lemaître at a special discount price

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This pack includes 2 REVOIR DVD releases  :

Le film est déjà commencé? (DVD & Blu-ray)
« Heir to the dadaist, surrealist and abstract filmmakers of the 1920s, Lemaître was able to combine equally aesthetics with politics — no easy task and one that fully justifies the current recognition of his work. »
-Gérard Courant, Libération

One of the founding works of letterist cine- ma, Le Film est déjà commencé? (Has the Feature Started Yet?) became a major event during its first screenings in Paris in 1951. Despite the critics’ lack of consideration, this film’s undeniable influence — direct or hidden — on the New Wave as much as on today’s cinema makes it a landmark in film history.

« This film must be projected under special conditions: on a screen of new shapes and material and with spectacular goings-on in the cinema lobby and theatre (disrup- tions, forced jostling, dialogues spoken aloud, confetti and gunshots aimed at the screen...). This is not just a projection, but a true film show, the style of which Maurice Lemaître is the creator. »
-Maurice Lemaître 1951

LE FILM EST DÉJÀ COMMENCÉ ? (62 mins, 1951, 16mm) Digital Restoration master made by Light Cone and the CNC.
PORTRAIT OF MAURICE LEMAÎTRE by Pip Chodorov (2004, 15 min, 16mm/DV)

Les films imaginaires (DVD)
A major figure in the lettrist movement, Maurice Lemaître revolutionized cinema in 1951 with “Le Film est déjà commencé ?” (Has the Feature Started Yet?) and invented a new form of performance: “Syncinema.” His many cinematic works, made between the 1960s and the present day, confirm his position as one of the most important avant-garde filmmakers of his generation.

Lemaître invented interactive cinema, then pushed it to its limits by distributing instruction manuals as the audience entered the theater, inviting them to take an active part in the screening; and projecting the film directly onto their bodies. The whole operation became a veritable installation, with multiple screens, projections, and performances; Lemaître used his own body and voice, as well as those of his collaborators, as part of the experience. Between 1974 and 1985, he cre- ated a series of Films Imaginaires (Imaginary Films), which consisted of printed cards inviting spectators to create their own film by following the minimal instruc- tions typed onto the cards; the resulting film(s) would become an homage to the written word which, trans- formed by projection, would take on a whole “other dimension.”

Films Imaginaires (Imaginary Films) consists of texts from a range of works that had already been published here and there, and that were included in the revised edition of my collected Cinematic Works. I filmed these texts and converted them into inter-titles for projection. The conversion of these texts to frames of film, and their subsequent projection, transforms these “films” into an even more progressive type of cinematic creation.

AU-DELÀ DU DÉCLIC (10 mins, 1965-78, 16mm)
UN NAVET (31 mins, 1975-77, 16mm)
FILMS IMAGINAIRES (30 mins, 1985, 16mm)
FIN DE TOURNAGE (27 mins, 1985-90, 16mm)
L’AYANT-DROIT (22 mins, 1991, 16mm)

Author(s) Maurice Lemaître
Format DVD PAL, Interzone, Region 0 ALL
Language(s) French
Subtitles English
Publisher RE:VOIR, lowave

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    DVD with 5 short films by Maurice Lemaître For orders destined for institutional use in North America, please contact GARTENBERG MEDIA.

    19,90 €
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    DVD and Blu-Ray combo of LE FILM EST DÉJÀ COMMENCÉ ? (1951) by Maurice LemaîtreFor orders destined for institutional use in North America, please contact GARTENBERG MEDIA.

    26,90 €
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