This film presents a single banal problem (how to sneak onto the Paris Metro) with several comic solutions. As Jonathan Rosenbaum recently noted, many of Moullet’s rigorous, absurdist shorts might even be better than his estimable — and equally goofy — features. Though there aren’t English subtitles on this, it’s a nearly purely visual experience, and a wonderful one at that. —http://cmasonwells.tumblr.com/post/106364839/lucmoulletbarres
Luc Moullet (b. 14 October 1937 in Paris) is a French film critic and filmmaker, and a member of the Nouvelle Vague or French New Wave. Moullet’s films are known for their humor, anti-authoritarian leanings and rigorously primitive aesthetic, which is heavily influenced by his love of American B-movies.
Though such influential filmmakers and critics as Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Marie Straub, Jacques Rivette and Jonathan Rosenbaum have consistently praised his work, he has never found commercial success, even in his native France. Moullet is known to frequently act in his movies.
Moullet began writing for Cahiers du cinéma at the age of eighteen, where he was an early champion of the films of Samuel Fuller. Though reportedly initially disliked by François Truffaut, the brash critic found a defender in a young Jean-Luc Godard. In one of his articles for the Cahiers (published in the March 1959) Moullet stated that “Morality is a question of tracking shots”, a phrase which, along… read more