This is the fourth screening in a 4-part retrospective Red Channels has organized with UnionDocs — a new “microcinema” based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn — surveying the life and work of Jackie Raynal. UnionDocs focuses its efforts on the presentation and study of non-fiction and documentary arts, so we’ve selected a number of pertinent and expressive works from Jackie Raynal’s filmography, spanning over 45 years, and representing various aspects of her multifaceted career as editor, filmmaker, exhibitor, distributor, and documentarian. It is a bit of a sequel to last April’s “Cinema According to Jackie Raynal” series, curated by Marie Losier for the French Institute Alliance Française.
The fourth and final program in the series, CAMERO-STYLO, looks at the essay film-as-documentary. Raynal was the editor of this early masterpiece by Jean-Daniel Pollet, a filmmaker mostly unknown in the United States (barring last fall’s retrospective at Anthology Film Archives, organized by Raynal). Pollet’s non-fiction work is unlike any other film we’ve seen, its images, repetition, and construction still haunt us a year later (text by Philippe Sollers (1936-)). This film by Godard is an important transitional work, ending a series of collaborations with Jean-Pierre Gorin (1943-), and beginning a series of collaborations with Anne-Marie Mieville (1945-). It carries traces of both, Godard caught in the middle, making it all the more exciting and powerful. It was released at a time when Godard was, believe it or not, considered something like “box office poison” here in the US, and was thus unable to find either distribution or theatrical release. It was the beginning of the trilogy of Godard’s works distributed and premiered by Raynal, including Numéro deux (1975) and Comment ça va? (1976).
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 100 minutes | Digital Projection
—Michael Chaiken – curator, archivist, critic; editor of Arthur Penn: Interviews and A Maysles Scrapbook
—Benj Gerdes – curator, filmmaker, professor
Co-sponsored by French Institute Alliance Française
(The Pollet film was released on DVD (2006) by POM Films in France.)