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594 Ratings

Statues Also Die

Les statues meurent aussi

France, 1953
Documentary, Short


Short documentary ordered by the magazine Présence Africaine. From the question “Why is the African in the Human museum while Greek or Egyptian art are in the Louvre?”, the two directors expose and criticise the lack of consideration for African art. The film was censored in France for eight years

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Statues Also Die Directed by Chris Marker, Alain Resnais

Critics reviews

[The milieu of the statues Marker presents] is a conduit through which to connect to an animistic, archaic, Arcadian ancestral memory, a place where “all of creation moves in formation”. It proposes an anti-transcendentalism, a non-static, anti-essentialism that speaks of a chaotic world of inseparable becomings and inter-connectedness where “the broadest activity connects with the world as a whole”.
September 17, 2012
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Masks, both of fertility and death, are the main motif (one skinny, elongated visage is regarded with a vertical pan, another is bulbous and floats towards the lenses), but their eyes appear dead — the narrator (Jean Négroni) draws a direct line between the museum and the bazaar, yet the place is more like a cemetery, a site of images robbed of their meaning, “objets morts,” phantoms.
September 01, 2012
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[The film] gradually turns into a remarkable duet between Marker’s literary fervor and a detailed as well as despairing political vision — a combination of speculative art history, precise journalism, and a grim meditation on the various places and functions Africa and its separate cultures have assumed within white civilization — and Resnais’s musically and rhythmically orchestrated illustration of and counterpoint to this extraordinary text.
November 06, 2009
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