A Portrait of the Spectator as a Cannibal
A written and audiovisual exploration of
what film memories are made of
and what they are for
This research project explores how cinema spectators re-invent the films they see, as they progressively incorporate their images, sounds and stories into the fabric of their own life narratives.
Here are some of my attempts to explore film memories through performative videographic research:
The Eye was in the tomb and started at Daney
Starting from the memory that French critic Serge Daney kept of the movie Eyes without a Face (George Franju, 1960), this video essay explores questions such as: does anticipating an emotion make it weaker or stronger? how do music and sound effects register in our memories, when our attention is mainly focused on images?
The four video essays presented below are experimental explorations of some of my personal film memories (only the Wild at heart video has English subtitles).
This research has led to several publications:
"Émotions et souvenirs de films: entre l'intime et le collectif", (upcoming)
"Mille et une raisons de se souvenir de Shining aujourd'hui", in Anne Lété (ed.), The Shining ... (upcoming)
"Vous vous souvenez de Titanic ? Le film populaire, entre souvenir personnel et mémoire collective", Le Pardaillan, 2017
I also wrote an unpublished master thesis on the matter, exploring the memories of cinemagoers in Senlis, in the North of France. It can be read here.
Pieces from this research puzzle have been presented at venues including Harvard University, Université de Liège, University of Calabria, Université de Caen, and the École normale supérieure de Paris.