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LES STATUES MEURENT AUSSI/ CE VIEUX RÊVE QUI BOUGE

Director: ALAIN RESNAIS & CHRIS MARKER/ ALAIN GUIRAUDIE

Les Statues meurent aussi - 29 minutes| France| 1950–53| Black and White| 35mm (Prix Jean Vigo 1954) Ce vieux rêve qui bouge - 50 minutes| France| 2001| Colour| 35mm (Prix Jean Vigo 2001)


Described as ‘one of the first anti-colonial films’, Les Statues meurent aussi (Statues Also Die) was censored until 1964. When asked by a journalist, ‘do you hold it in special regard amongst your work?’, Alain Resnais answered ‘Yes, I believe I love it better than any others; that is why I hope that one day it will be shown as we have wished . . .’ Today, at last, the film can be shown in its integral version.

In Ce vieux rêve qui bouge (That Old Dream that Moves), a factory is on the verge of closure. With only a handful of workers remaining, a young technician is dismantling one of the last machines. The workers listlessly talk and stroll around, waiting for the end of the week . . . but there are some strange goings-on in this factory . . . It is a philosophical tale dealing with political and sexual utopia within the working class. When shown at Cannes, Jean-Luc Godard declared it the best film of the festival.<

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