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Ce gamin, là. 1975. France. Directed by Renaud Victor. In French; English Subtitles. 96 min.
“Le moindre geste had been built around a fable; the film followed the overall form of its story. Ce gamin, là recounts nothing, capturing moments in the life of the network while avoiding turning it into a subject. 'Ce gamin, là, is it a documentary or a fiction?’ asked Deligny. It’s a documentary through and through. And for good reason: you can’t get Janmari to do anything other than what he does each day. You can’t make more of a documentary than that. And it looks like fiction because people have never seen anything like it. There’s nothing documentary or fictional about it, there’s what’s habitual, the habitual being real enough to surprise you…” (Cahiers du cinéma, Feb. 1990). After seeing Le moindre geste, Renaud Victor joined the Cinélutte film collective created by Richard Copans. Deligny was circumspect about Victor’s idea of making a film on the network, and stipulated that he first had to live in the network for several months…The filming was integrated into the life of the network and Deligny’s thinking: “Deligny watched the dailies, and based on this, he said what was important to highlight. At the same time, these images had another function, as they enabled him to adopt an overall approach to his work. As a result, the film became a work tool, both for him and for me. (La Revue du cinéma, Sept. 1975)” – Sandra Alvarez de Toledo
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