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542 Ratings

Venom and Eternity

Traité de bave et d'éternité

Directed by Isidore Isou
France, 1951
Drama, Avant-Garde


The first Lettrist film manifesto, in which the sound and the picture are purposefully unrelated, and the images are destroyed by bleach and scratched.

Our take

With Venom and Eternity, avant-garde poet Isidore Isou had the goal to “hurt your eyes, truly!” Exclaiming his cinema prophecy in an incendiary voice-over, provoking the viewer with its entrancing, distorted images of everyday life, it is a bona fide surrealist visual revolution.

Venom and Eternity Directed by Isidore Isou

Critics reviews

The Lettrist poet Isidore Isou’s image-obliterating assault on cinema. Consider it a recalcitrant chunk of twentieth-century cultural history.
April 04, 2020
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A howling, white hot, meteor of resistance.
March 01, 2009
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