Orson Welles interviews Lettristes
LIGHT & DUST
PAGE ON ISIDORE ISOU
France Culture interview in French, 2000
A N N E X P R E S S 2 0 1 9
ON ROLAND SABATIER
ON VENOM AND ETERNITY
FIRST ENGLISH TRANSLATION
Trailer Pompidou Museum
ISOU & LETTRISTES exhibit Spring, 2019
Isou stakes the claim early on…that his definition of cinema “is the result of an invention, not a given”. And his definition is, in the first place, that any bit of film is the unfurling or the unwinding of a reproduction – and he extends this to the soundtrack as well as the image track, which were for Isou always two different, ‘discrepant’ things. Cinema is thus this thing which is, above all, printed, and copied (reproduced), it is fundamentally serial in nature, and its ‘original’ (the film’s negative, in those celluloid days) is always hidden away, occulted, secreted from the interfering hands of true subversive artists.
- Adrian Martin
Mise en Scène and Film Style From Classical Hollywood to New Media Art
Isou chipped language down to the bone that it might build its flesh up again, fresh and new. It is one of the grand aesthetic visions of the late twentieth century. His cinema, in particular, is a marvellous document of the secret history of our times. Here at last is the book that, for Anglophone readers and beyond, cements his fleeting presence for all time.
- McKenzie Wark, author of The Beach Beneath the Street
Long-overdue, this translation of Isou's masterpiece - together with its contextual essays and interviews by Martin, Devaux, Sabatier, and Bullot - will be a monumental resource for international research into the origins of the Lettrist movement along with postwar Experimental Film and Media Art.
- Andrew V. Uroskie, author of Between the Black Box and the White Cube: Expanded Cinema and Postwar Art (Chicago University Press)
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