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Fernand Deligny: A propos d'un film à faire (Fernand Deligny: About a film to make). 1989. France. Directed by Renaud Victor. In French; English subtitles. 97 min.
“A filmed mise-en-scène of Deligny’s presence, writings and voice; a writer recounting what a film would have been had it been made. In issue 428 (1990), the Cahiers du Cinéma saluted the television broadcast of this film in a feature article which included one of Deligny’s most important texts about the image, “Ce qui ne se voit pas” (“What is not seen”). An unexpected incarnation of several fiction films put together by Deligny and Victor (and never finished), this “film to be made,” has become a salient essay on cinema, and a powerful lever for questioning the image as envisaged by Deligny at the time, based on autistic perception, ethology and cinema itself. There is much to be said about Anne Baudry’s editing work and the way in which she sustains the alternating shreds of fiction in black and white and color shots of the aging Deligny, sitting at his workbench and reflecting out loud on what an autistic image could be: an image that does not speak, an image that would belong, so he says, to the animal kingdom…” – Sandra Alvarez de Toledo
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