Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Revolutionary Cinema

Films that content themselves with taking the revolution as a subject actually subordinate themselves to bourgeois ideas of content, message, expression... In films, what is important is the point where the film no longer has an auteur, where it has no more actors, no more story even, no more subject, nothing but the film itself speaking and saying something that can't be translated: the point where it becomes the discourse of someone or something else, which cannot be said, precisely because it is beyond expression. And I think you can only get there by trying to be as passive as possible at all the various stages, never intervening on one's own behalf but rather on behalf of this something else which is nameless. ... That's what is revolutionary, because that is what seems to me to question very deeply everything that justifies the world as it is and as it disgusts us.

— Jacques Rivette


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