Deutsche Version

La Rouge et la Noire

Director: Isabelle Prim    → show biography   
Country: France
Year: 2011
Synopsis: “Carrying on Luc Moullet’s unfinished screenplay about the theft of ‘la pénélope,’ a camera created by Aaton and capable of recording equally well in 35 mm and digitally, LA ROUGE ET LA NOIRE is a film in kaleidoscope form. The portrait of Aaton’s founder, Jean-Pierre Beauviala – creator, inter alia, of the ‘time-code’ and the light cameras used by the New Wave (in particular the ‘bush camera’ specially designed for Jean Rouch) – is centered around the basic plot introduced by two women thieves who talk as voice-overs, and whose identities will only be revealed at the end. The film weaves its canvas through many different styles of imagery: Beauviala’s private archives shot in 16mm, images that the artist produces in Aaton work areas, digital inlays of a little monster who metamorphoses on the screen. The latter, a variant hailing from the Aaton advertising icon of the ‘cat on the shoulder,’ permeates and interferes with the film, embodying potential menace and representing the narrative thread. Through an operation involving the desynchronization of sound and image, Isabelle Prim creates a gap between the plot and her commentary, and increases the number of image-related signifiers, to the point of introducing doubt about what we are being shown. Right up to the final slip, when the thieving women get in a muddle over the camera, and make off with the one used by Beauviala himself to produce his archives. Full circle.“ (Mathilde Villeneuve France).
Language: French

Technical Attributes

Format: DVD
Rental status: rental upon request
Version: original language version with subtitles
Subtitle language: English
Running time (minutes): 74
Color: color
Aspect ratio: 1:1,78
Projection format: 16:9
Number of reels: 1