Senin, 04 April 2011
Raoul Ruiz - De grands événements et des gens ordinaires AKA Of Great Events and Ordinary People (1978)
I am involved in editing a film which is a report on a district of Paris during the elections, as seen by a Chilean, and becomes a report on the process of reporting. What we call documentary reporting is in fact impossible in a developed country like France. It is a genre suited only to udnerdeveloped countries of the Third World. There is no subject here for such a film. When someone in interviewed, me for example, I give only official answers. I act as much like the President as myself.
So I am making a film on the misunderstanding of documentary as a genre. In practice, one takes isolated pieces of speech and gesture and attempts to organise them in the kind of fiction which is the theme of documentary; whereas when one gathers documents, or when image and sound are heterogeneous to any degree, the actual tendency is toward dispersion. I have taken advantage of this dispersion to begin my film in a district of Paris and end it in New Guinea.
From what I understand, the program was not aired on French television until 1983.
From Robert Brown, "De grands événements et des gens ordinaires", Monthly Film Bulletin. 52:612/613 (1985), p.83:
Ostensibly, a documentary report on the 12th arrondissement of Paris during the National Assembly election, as seen by a Chilean exile over a ten-day period. Effectively, a report on the process of reporting. Images investigate the inside and outside of the film-maker's home in the 12th arrondissement, while friends and neighbors are asked what a film about the district should show. The interviews (and quotes from John Grierson) alternate with sporadic voice-over comments such as, "What we're filming now has already been filmed... the narrator of the film remembers that he came from the other side of the world".
http://www.gaiafile.com/504oe5es5ec6/De grands evenements et de gens ordinaires.mpeg
http://www.filesonic.com/file/493779681/De grands evenements et de gens ordinaires.mpeg
No English Subtitles