Surrealistic short made early in the career of Autant-Lara, who would later become one of the French ‘directors of quality’ attacked by the New Wave filmmakers, in which a trio of actors jealously confront one another.
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Adapting Szymborska’s Three Oddest Words: when I say ‘present’, the first syllable already belongs to the past, swept down the cataract of the has-been. As if names were epitaphs and utterance a long row of shutting doors, the vocal jump-off of evaporation. Live transmissions, public readings, concerts assist a dissolution of fulgurant, stabbing nows whose greatest asset may be that they’ve been sung along to while
boiling water as boiling womb, fermenting blood/close-ups as a focus but focus of distorted perception of darkening mind, double exposure as loosing mind/"Even while they sing, all in a minor key,
of love triumphant and life's careless boon,
they seem in doubt of their felicity,
their song melts in the calm light of the moon"/mishkin and rogozhin sleeping next to nastasya filipovna's dead body (perefect