Immortel (ad Vitam) : les espaces d’une dictature à New-York en 2095/ New York dictatorship’s space in 2095

« Immortel (Ad Vitam) » is a French sci-fi movie directed in 2004 by Enki Bilal, designer of world famous comics. It is one of three films directed by Enki Bilal, all directly inspired by his works, the atmosphere that emerges and their imaginary geographies. The stories all take place in a more or less distant future,…

Exposition « Pasolini Roma » à la Cinémathèque française /Exhibition « Pasolini Roma » at the Cinémathèque française

From 16 October 2013 to 26 January 2014,  the exhibition « Pasolini Roma » holds at the Cinémathèque française  in Paris. This exhibition proposes six sections  corresponding to different periods of Pasolini’s life, especially in Roma, which was both the place where he lived from 1950 to his death in 1975, and the place where he made…

Exposition « Astérix à la BnF » /Exhibition « Astérix at the BnF »

From 16 October 2013 to 19 January 2014,  the exhibition « Astérix at the BnF » holds at the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF)  in Paris,. This exhibition proposes a wide number of original sketches, videos and many by-products of Asterix’s world. It gives an occasion to pinpoint the use of maps and spatial means in one…

« Walkabout »: un rite d’initiation à la vie et aux espaces dans le bush australien/an Initiation Rite to Life and Spaces in the Australian Bush

« Walkabout » (La randonnée) is a film by Nicolas Roeg in 1971. Its screenplay was written by Edward Bond from the novel by James Vance Marshall, published in 1959. The film contrasts the wide open spaces of the Australian bush to urban areas of western cities. This contrast of spaces allows the filmmaker to oppose two…

« Le procès » ou les espaces d’une bureaucratie aveugle et totalitaire/ »The trial » or spaces of a blind and authoritarian bureaucracy

« The Trial » is a film directed by Orson Welles in 1962. In this adaptation of the eponymous novel by Franz Kafka, Orson Welles, who respected almost the entire story, shows distressing spaces of modern states bureaucracies after the Second World War and the experience of the atomic bomb.. « Le procès » est un film réalisé par…

« Invasion », les espaces d’une ville imaginaire et envahie / « Invasion », spaces of an imaginary and invaded city

Invasion is a film directed in 1969 by the Argentine film director Hugo Santiago, in collaboration with Jorge Luis Borges and Adolfo Bioy Casares. The film tells the story of a city, imaginary or real, besieged by powerful enemies and defended by a handful of men, who maybe are not heroes. They will fight to the…

Exposition « Les Macchiaioli 1850-1874. Des impressionnistes italiens ? »/ Exhibition « The Macchiaioli 1850-1874. Italian Impressionists? »

The exhibition « Macchiaoli 1850-1874. Italian impressionist? » which held at the Orangerie Museum in Paris from 10 April to 22 July 2013, offers to see the influence that some representatives of this Italian art movement had  on filmmakers, especially for the representation of landscapes. The pictorial movement Macchioioli developed in Florence during the second half of…

L’abstraction géographique de Mondrian / Mondrian’s geographic abstraction

Piet Mondrian (1872-1944), pioneer of abstract painting, is not in theory an artist inclined to evoke real places in his works. Since 1913 and the discovery of cubism in Paris, Mondrian has made it a goal to find out a visual language for reporting the abstract reality behind the natural one and looking for the…

« Dérive et pyschogéographie ». Conférence d’Emmanuel Guy à l’occasion de l’exposition « Guy Debord. Un art de la guerre » à la BnF / « Dérive and pyschogeography ». Conference from Emmanuel Guy in the framework of the exhibition « Guy Debord. Un art de la guerre » at BnF

On April 27 was held at the BnF a conference entitled « Drift and psychogeography » which took place in the framework of the exhibition « Guy Debord. Un art de la guerrer » which takes place from 27 March to 13 July 2013 in Grande Galerie at the BNF (François Mitterrand Site). This conference was given by Emmanuel…

Cartographier les Cités obscures (1): à la recherche de la frontière invisible / Mapping the Cities of the Fantastic (1): searching for the invisible frontier

La frontière invisible is an album of cartoonists François Schuiten and Benoît Peeters. This album includes two volumes and is part of the series « Les Cités obscures« , literary The Dark Cities but translated to English The Cities of the Fantastic. The book portrays the lives of characters who perceive too late the real challenges and…

Inception (Nolan) : quand les perceptions de l’espace sont modifiées/ When perceptions of space are modified

Inception is a film written, directed and produced in 2010 by Christopher Nolan. The film tells the story of an « extractor », the hero, who enters the dreams of others to obtain information. Recruited for the sake of his faculties in the field of industrial espionage, the hero has lost his family and had to flee.…

Maps of Hitler / Les cartes d’Hitler. Der Untergang/Downfall/La Chute

Der Untergang (Downfall) is a 2004 German film directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel that focuses on the last days of the Third Reich and the fall of Berlin. The movie is set in and around Hitler’s Bunker in late April 1945. It is a realistic reconstruction, based on eyewitness accounts, survivor memoirs and verified sources. Bruno…

Les lieux clichés du cinéma

[Ajouté le 20/01/2013 : en empruntant sans le créditer la quasi-totalité du contenu de ce site original (pratique condamnable, voir le premier commentaire à ce billet) ], Contre-champ, le magazine documentaire vidéo du Monde.fr sur Dailymotion consacré au cinéma, note que les cinéastes tournent toujours aux même endroits ce qui fait que des lieux réels…

Kafka (Soderbergh): les espaces de l’absurdité de la bureaucratie/ Spaces of Bureaucracy’s Absurdity

Kafka is a film directed by Steven Soderbergh in 1991. The screenplay mixes events from the life of the Czech German  speaking writer and themes of several of his major novels, mainly the absurdity of the world, especially in the context of bureaucracy. The use of black and white in a part of the film…

L’Enfer, Clouzot : Places and Spaces of an Extraordinary Project / Lieux et espaces d’un projet extraordinaire

L’Enfer is a 2009 film directed by Serge Bromberg based on rushes of the unfinished film by Henri Georges Clouzot. Started in 1964, the project was never finished, due particularly to the director’s serious heart problems. Between 1964 and 2009, this film became a legend, based on the fact that it was never completed and…

Duel (Spielberg) : cartographier la route du récit / mapping the road of the narrative

Duel, le premier film de Spielberg, qui raconte la poursuite d’une voiture par un camion fou est entièrement tourné au niveau du sol. Aucune vue aérienne, très peu de recul. La caméra est à hauteur des pare-chocs et de l’habitacle des véhicules, plus rarement sur un bas-côté à peine surélevé. Ce filmage  tangentiel  participe du…

Metropolis : at the Origin of Modern Urban Imagination / A la source de l’imaginaire urbain moderne

We announced here the  Cinematheque Française exhibition  from October 19, 2011 to January 29, 2012 about  Metropolis, the Fritz Lang’s film . On this occasion, the new version of the film, restored in 2010, will be shown to the public. This version  is 150 minutes long with the 30 minutes extra discovered in Buenos Aires in…

Real Properties: Fake Estates – Matta-Clark

Gordon Matta-Clark was a conceptual artist from the downtown New-York art scene during the 1970s whose work focused on the physical changes affecting New-York during the post-war decades. His work Real Properties : Fake Estates (RPFE) (1973-1974) documents some of these changes and their consequences on the urban fabric of the city. The course of…

Stanley Kubrick : War Room and Space Rationality / salle de commandement et rationalité de l’espace

Stanley Kubrick, who died in 1999, is considered as a genius film director. He made only 13 films in 46 years, mainly because of his perfectionism and because of his insistence to gather a very high level of details before beginning to make the film.  However,  he was also the writer and the producer of…

Easy-Rider : a mythic geographical road-movie/un mythique road-movie géographique

Easy Rider (Hopper,1968) is considered as the typical road movie, even as a manifesto of this type. The film was directed by  the American actor  Dennis Hooper, who died in May 2010. In late 2008, the Cinemathèque Française presented a wonderful exhibition entitled « Dennis Hopper and the New Hollywood ». As  Matthew Orleans, curator of the…

Zig-Zag – A didactical fiction / Une fiction didactique – Raoul Ruiz

As clearly described in its subtitle, the movie Zig-Zag (dir. Raul Ruiz 1980) is « a didactical fiction about cartography. » This “cine-cartographic” essay navigates between the documentary and the fiction, the map and the territory, the dream and the reality. Made in the context of the art exhibit “Cartes et figures de la terre” that took…

Eric Rohmer, an « urban cine-geographer » ? / un « cinégéographe » de la ville ?

Eric Rohmer was part of the  « Nouvelle Vague » movement that radically changed the French cinema at the end of the ’50s and during the ’60s. He filmed the French urban landscapes and its profound transformation during these years. He has always been attentive in his films to the importance of urban places  and more generally to…

Siodmak, The Killers : where are we? / Les Tueurs : où sommes nous?

The Killers (Siodmak,1946) is truly a classic of film noir. The opening scene is famous. Two men are sitting in front of a car driving at high-speed through the night. Then the camera scans the road and a sign shows up in the headlights: Brentwood, New Jersey. And below, in an ironic mode considering what…

Le mani sulla città / Main basse sur la ville – Rosi

The Italian movies of 50s, 60s and 70s invented a new way to depict geography of Italy after second world war, especially urban landscapes. By describing what was supposed to become the geography of the new Italy, as well as its new architecture, urbanism and land planning, the Italian filmmakers wanted to show future face…

Carte des environs de Twin Peaks dessinée par David Lynch

Real and Imaginary Geographies – Twin Peaks of David Lynch – Géographies réelles et imaginaires

Ces jours-ci la chaîne de télévision franco-allemande ARTE diffuse les épisodes de la série Twin Peaks, réalisée à la fin des années 80 par David Lynch et Mark Frost. Cette série, comprenant un pilote de 90 minutes, un épisode de 90 minutes et 28 épisodes de 45 minutes, fut diffusée pour la première fois entre…

Antoine, the Little Prince is back! / Le Petit Prince revient!

The Little Prince created by Saint-Exupery has become a universal character. Translated into more than 200 languages, the poetic and philosophical tale written by the French aviator touches the hearts of people all around the world. Were you aware he left his planet to materialize on the Earth ? Do you want to know where and…

Predator – McTierman

Predator is a 1987 movie directed by John McTiernan. In Val Verde, a country bordering Guatemala, a joint task force, led by Major Alan « Dutch » Schaefer (Arnold Schwarzenegger), is assigned to rescue hostages in the jungle. The group is hunted by an extraterrestrial creature: the Predator. Two spatial machineries appear in the movie. One is…