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Vive la baleine


Chris Marker, Mario Ruspoli
France, 1972
Production : Argos films
17'
French, English


Synopsis


La baleine a d'abord représenté pour une partie de l'humanité un moyen essentiel de survie. Puis l'industrialisation est apparue, et avec elle le grand capital. La chasse à la baleine est alors devenue un moyen de faire du profit. Le massacre pouvait commencer.

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Au moment de la réalisation de ce film, en 1972, la baleine est au bord de l’extinction. Alors qu’une convention internationale visant à suspendre la chasse vient d’être signée, deux pays, l’URSS et le Japon, la dénoncent, arguant qu’en dépend la survie de leur industrie baleinière. Avec le style piquant qu’on lui connaît, Marker écrit un commentaire acerbe où la recherche du profit est la cause première de ce massacre. En prenant le mammifère géant comme témoin du déséquilibre causé par l’homme sur la nature, Marker et Ruspoli signent un grand film écologique.

Brieuc Mével
Coordinateur réseau d'éducation populaire
à l'environnement et au développement durable

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filmmakers

Chris Marker

Chris Marker was born in 1921 in Neuilly, France. He began studying philosophy, which was soon interrupted by the world conflict. After the war, he worked for Peuple et Culture, began writing for the magazine "Esprit" and directed his first films, including "Lettre de Sibérie", which made him more widely known. Writer, photographer, filmmaker and finally multimedia artist, Chris Marker is the author of a protean and innovative work. His taste for experimentation bursts out in "La Jetée" (1962), a short film of anticipation announcing his favorite themes: time, memory, the power of images. The same year, he shoots "Le Joli Mai", in the streets of Paris, in the spirit of direct cinema. The seventies were marked by committed films, the most famous of which, "Le fond de l'air est rouge" (1977), was a review of the movements of the sixties all around the world. In this political furrow, he explored the links between individual memory and history in "Sans soleil" (1982) and then in posthumous tributes such as "Le Tombeau d'Alexandre" (1993). In the 1990s, most often in collaboration with the Centre Pompidou in Paris, he designed several installations that explored the boundaries between the real and the imaginary. He died in Paris in the summer of 2012, making him a reference point for contemporary filmmakers.

Mario Ruspoli

Mario Ruspoli est un un réalisateur d'origine italienne, né en 1925 à Rome et mort en 1986 à Villepinte, Seine-Saint-Denis. Documentariste, photographe, écrivain, il fut un proche de Chris Marker, et a travaillé essentiellement en France. Il a réalisé notamment "Les Hommes de la baleine" (1956), "Regard sur la folie, Les Inconnus de la Terre" (1961) et "Vive la baleine" (1972).

Other films in the collection: Ecology