Tag Archives: Delphine Seyrig

Chantal Akerman – Letters Home (1986)

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Keeping the original theatrical mise-en-scene, the film features Delphine Seyrig and her niece Coralie Seyrig reciting Sylvia Plath’s letters to her mother directly to the audience as though we were the recipients of these private missives. Read More »

Ulrike Ottinger – Dorian Gray im Spiegel der Boulevardpresse AKA The Image of Dorian Gray in the Yellow Press (1984)

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From the panoramic, historical revue of the many faces of social prejudice and ostracism, Ottinger turns her attention to the mechanism of exclusion invested with the necessary power to make or break people. Frau Dr. Mabuse, whose illustrious precursor is Fritz Lang’s psychopathic, counterfeiting boss of the underworld, derives her power from the fabrication of reality based on the seduction of images and words. Her perfect object and victim is the Bauhaus-dandy Dorian, whose relation to Oscar Wilde’s prototype is as marginal as his relation to power. The fairy-tale framework of Ottinger’s feature compositions asserts itself strongly in this film as Dorian replaces the evil tycoon and becomes king of the media conglomerate. Read More »

Alain Resnais – L’année dernière à Marienbad AKA Last Year at Marienbad (1961)

A cinematic puzzle, Alain Resnais’ Last Year at Marienbad is a radical exploration of the formal possibilities of film. Beautifully shot in Cinemascope by Sacha Vierny, the movie is a riddle of seduction, a mercurial enigma darting between a present and past which may not even exist, let alone converge. The film stars Giorgio Albertazzi as an unnamed sophisticate attempting to convince a similarly nameless woman (Delphine Seyrig) that they met and were romantically involved a year ago in the same enormous, baroque European hotel. Read More »

Delphine Seyrig – Sois belle et tais-toi AKA Be Pretty and Shut Up (1981)

Famous actresses talk about their role in the movie industry, and the demand to “be beautiful and shut up”. Read More »

Callisto McNulty – Delphine et Carole, insoumuses (2019)

Delphine and Carole – Delphine Seyrig, the actress who starred in the films of Resnais and Buñuel, Duras and Akerman; and Carole Roussopoulos, the pioneering video-maker, who, after Jean-Luc Godard, was only the second person in France to use video as a film production tool. From the mid-1970s, in the turbulence of post’68 and the feminist movement, the two women embarked on a militant working partnership, making a series of videos devised as political interventions to champion the struggle of women, whether actresses, prostitutes or workers.
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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 »

Liliane de Kermadec – Aloïse (1975)

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The life of noted Swiss painter Aloise, whose work was accomplished during 40 years in a mental hospital to which she was commited after protesting against World War I… Read More »