La Transversale

Unknown history of cinema on french television

"Television has long been considered, mistakenly, as off the film world’s radar. If we look closely, however, a great deal of French or foreign filmmakers have continued to find commissions or airtime from television networks, ever since the generation of the Nouvelle Vague. Works for television by directors as important as, for instance, Claude Chabrol, Catherine Breillat, Jean-Luc Godard, Jacques Rozier, or Chantal Akerman, still constitute the least well-known areas of their filmographies. This field represents a rather vast continent that is still largely unexplored, in which the most daring formal experimentation (Philippe Grandrieux’s Live anthology) rubs shoulders with the perpetuation of fantastic (Télévision de chambre) and serial traditions (Georges Franju’s The Man Without a Face), whose directorial lines become bolder in terms of their technical or theatrical format. Television is still film, but with a home around it, set within a domestic interior in which it appears at once more solitary and more intimate. In short, the ideal place to work towards a secret counter-history of cinema.” Mathieu Macheret, critic and co-programmer of the retrospective

This program will be partly shown at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in the second half of 2018.

Tell Me

Chantal Akerman

1980
45'
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Le Déménagement

Chantal Akerman

1992
42'
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Brief Crossing

Catherine Breillat

2001
1h20
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The Shadows

Jean-Claude Brisseau

1982
1h03
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L'échangeur

Jean-Claude Brisseau

1982
23'
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The Father

Claude Chabrol

1973
36'
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De Grey, a romance

Claude Chabrol

1976
48'
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Offre d'emploi

Jean Eustache

1980
19'
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My 17

Philippe Faucon

1996
1h14
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The Shadow-line

Georges Franju

1973
1h26
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Handa

Philippe Garrel

1967
11'
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Les jeunes et l'argent

Philippe Garrel

1967
49'
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Ciné-bijou

Guy Gilles

1965
8'
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Shomyo

Benoit Jacquot

1979
52'
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France/Tour/Détour/Deux/Enfants

Jean-Luc Godard / Anne-Marie Miéville

1978
5h12
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Rowing Across the Atlantic

Jean-François Laguionie

1978
24'
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My first swim

Luc Moullet

1982
43'
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Imphy

Luc Moullet

1995
23'
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L'odyssée du 16/9

Luc Moullet

1996
12'
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Travolta and me

Patricia Mazuy

1993
1h08
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Bartleby

Maurice Ronet

1976
1h36
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Marketing Mix

Jacques Rozier

1978
15'
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The Charles Bukowski Tapes

Barbet Schroeder

1982
3h50
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Nausicaa

Agnès Varda

1970
1h34
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Coeur de hareng

Paul Vecchiali

1983
1h30
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Letters from a filmmaker

Alain Cavalier / Raoul Ruiz / Jacques Rozier / Paul Vecchiali / Jean-Claude Brisseau

1h15
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Films in the Retrospective