Marguerite Duras

Marguerite Duras – Les mains négatives (1978)

Texte de Marguerite Duras, 1979

On appelle mains négatives, les peintures de mains trouvées dans les grottes magdaléniennes de l’Europe Sub-Atlantique. Le contour de ces mains – posées grandes ouvertes sur la pierre – était enduit de couleur. Le plus souvent de bleu, de noir. Parfois de rouge. Aucune explication n’a été trouvée à cette pratique. Read More »

Marguerite Duras – Son nom de Venise dans Calcutta désert (1976)

When the film Son nom de Venise dans Calcutta désert was initially shown in 1976, many viewers found it hauntingly beautiful but deeply perplexing. Some, seeing it as a sign of Duras’ inability to separate herself from the making of India Song, even ascribed the film to a kind of postpartum depression. Since that time, the film has been placed in perspective as an inseparable component of the India cycle as a whole, although little has been written, with certain notable exceptions, on its specific relation to the other works. Son nom de Venise dans Calcutta désert is a purely metanarrative epilogue that culminates the progressive decomposition of spectacle as well as the dismantling of the neocolonial subject conceived as specular identity that was initiated by previous works in the India cycle. Read More »

Marguerite Duras – Il Dialogo di Roma (1982)

A man and a woman in Rome evoke a civilization and an ancient love. Read More »

Marguerite Duras – Baxter, Vera Baxter (1976)

Vera Baxter is talking to a woman. It seems that the woman was attracted to her by hearing her name called out: “Baxter, Vera Baxter.” In response to her new friend’s queries, Vera recounts the story of her life.
The story begins with his marriage to Jean. Vera is a faithful wife to the point that her husband pays a man to be unfaithful to him, according to him, adultery paid revitalize the desire of the couple. But this does not happen and Vera will not see him anymore. Read More »

Marguerite Duras – Césarée / Les Mains négatives / Aurélia Steiner (Melbourne) (Vancouver) / La Caverne noire (1979)


Filmed in 1979, these four short films share a common method: they combine texts written and read by Duras (in voice-over) with images shot by Pierre Lhomme. Read More »

Marguerite Duras – Les Enfants aka The Children (1984)


A sort of philosophical comedy written and directed by Marguerite Duras (with Jean Mascolo and Jean-Marc Turine), starring Axel Bogousslavsky, Daniel Gélin, Tatiana Moukhine, Martine Chevallier, André Dussollier and Pierre Arditi. Read More »

Marguerite Duras – Marguerite Duras: Worn out with Desire…to Write (1985)


She was the sort of woman who spared neither herself nor others—and arguably qualifies as 20th-century France’s greatest femme de lettres. In this interview, the late novelist and filmmaker talks openly about the hardship and the romance of her childhood in French Indochina, sharing how this period haunted her life and shaped her work. Excerpts from her films and readings from her books by actress Elizabeth Rider and Duras herself—including The Lover, winner of the Prix Goncourt and translated into more than forty languages—bring to life those formative years in Vietnam. (52 minutes) Read More »