Das Kapital, an impossible movie ? - Mark Lewis
Two impossible films
Mark Lewis, 1995.
The École normale supérieure (ENS) and LE BAL unite for a cycle of screenings and debates dedicated to the contribution of Marx thinking in the artistic creation which, for years, revisits and tries to reproduce Das Kapital.
In Two Impossible Films (1995-1997), Mark Lewis revisits two mythical projects in the history of cinema : the proposal of Samuel Goldwyn to Sigmund Freud of writing a love story ; the wish of Eisenstein of directing a movie adaptation of Das Kapital by Marx. By highlighting the impossibility of theses projects, Lewis makes them live under the intentionally frustrating form of a teaser. At the same time, he offers food for thought about the links between cinema and those two modern creations which are marxism and psychoanalysis.
The discussion will be followed by a screening of Wandering Marxwards by Michael Blum (1999) which questions Marx inheritage and the revelance of reading Das Kapital nowadays.
With Mark Lewis, video maker, representative of the Canada at the Biennale of Venise in 2009, exhibited in 2015 at the Louvre for "Intervention au Louvre" and at LE BAL for "Above and below", Barbara Le Maître, lecturer in cinematographic studies at the Université Paris Ouest Nanterre-La Défense and Jennifer Verraes, lecturer in cinematographic studies at the Université Paris VIII Vincennes-Saint-Denis.
Two impossible Films (1995), 28'10", 35mm on DVD, sound, color
Wandering Marxwards (1999), Video betacam SP/NTSC, 19'23", produced with the Banff Centre for the Arts (Canada)