LE CAMION (THE TRUCK) (1977) Photo$350.00
Paris, 1977. Vintage original 5 x7” (13 x 18 cm.) photo, France. Fine. Gerard Depardieu, Marguerite Duras (actor, writer-director); Les Films Moliere.
Writer-director Duras was a major name in mid-Century French literature, one of the creators of the Nouveau Roman (New Novel), and a great experimental voice in film and literature. She also wrote many screenplays, beginning with HIROSHIMA, MON AMOUR (1959). She began directing in 1967, with an output of 19 films over two decades. “Her themes are memory, loss, and the interplay of reality and fictional perception….Her own films make great play with words, and with words that are more than normally separated from their images.” (Thompson, p. 265.)
Photo of Duras and Depardieu. “In this most talky and personal of films, director Marguerite Duras and actor Gerard Depardieu do an on-camera read-through of a movie script. Occasionally, the director comments about the characters or their motivations, and sometimes the actor does. That’s all — there is no action, there are no location shots, no one pretends to be anything else. The script itself tells about an encounter between a blank-slate of a woman hitchhiker, and a communist truck driver. As the reading progresses, Duras comments bitterly about the failed ideals of communism and the glorious revolution that will probably never happen.” (imdb)