Je t’aime, je t’aime
Imported 35mm print from Les Grands Films ClassiquesDir. Alain Resnais. 1968, 91 mins. With Claude Riche, Anouk Ferjac, Olga Georges-Picot. Described by Raymond Durgnat as “science fiction tragedy in comic strip images,” Je t’aime, je t’aime is about a failed suicide who agrees to become a guinea pig for a time travel experiment. He finds himself trapped in an infinite series of moments revolving around a girlfriend whose death he may—or may not—have caused. Ahead of its time—and a clear influence on Cronenberg—this is one of Resnais’s most underrated films.
The Song of Styrene (Le chant du Styrène)
1958, 22 mins. 35mm print from the French Foreign Ministry. Written by Raymond Queneau. Commissioned as a documentary to explain, and celebrate, the production of plastic, this widescreen color short is a playful, rigorous essay film that moves between abstract visual pleasure and philosophical exploration of the effects of industrialization.
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