LITTLE BY LITTLE
PETIT À PETIT
1970, Icarus Films, 92 min, France/Niger, Dir: Jean Rouch

The most cutting of Rouch's collaborative ethno-fictions, this playful satire of European-African relations follows Nigeriens Damoure Zika and Lam Ibrahim, who had formed an import-export company at the end of the director’s JAGUAR three years earlier. As their enterprise, “Little By Little,” expands, the two travel to France for business advice, where they fall into their own version of contemporary European life and recruit some unlikely workers.


MURIEL
MURIEL OU LE TEMPS D’UN RETOUR
1963, Argos Films, 116 min, France, Italy, Dir: Alain Resnais

Arguably his greatest masterpiece (and one of the most unjustly neglected films of the past 40 years), director Alain Resnais’ third feature could be described as an expressionist cityscape of Boulogne in 1962, within the context of the Algerian war. It's also the story of Hélène (Delphine Seyrig) attempting to seduce her old lover, Alphonse, while her stepson is driven to murder in memory of "Muriel" whom we never see. For his first color film, "Resnais uses a color scheme reminiscent of Flash Gordon, with lush greens and reds throughout." - John Kreidl, Alain Resnais. In French with English subtitles.


Syndicate content