Drawing from Joachim Gasquet’s 1921 memoir of Paul Cézanne, the film pays a tribute to the French master they greatly admired. Excerpts from the memoir are blended with photographs of Cézanne, clips from Jean Renoir’s Madame Bovary, and scenes of Mont Sainte-Victoire, about which the artist noted, 'Look at this mountain: it was once fire.’ A Visit to the Louvre
refers to the painter's sometimes fierce discussion of paintings by Ingres, Delacroix, Courbet, Tintoretto, and others. The film reflects Huillet’s concerns about the way works of art were exhibited, conserved and looked at in museums, suggesting through film another way of looking attentively at painting and sculpture. Two of the greatest films ever made on the subject of painting presented in new 35mm prints.
Cézanne. Dialogue with Joachim Gasquet
, France, 1990, 51 min.
Une Visite au Louvre, A Visit to the Louvre
, France, 2004, 48 min.
Presented in new 35mm prints w/ English subtitles.
Presented as part of The Films of Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet