In Saint-Louis Cathedral, at La Rochelle, in a chapel filled with merchant marine ex-votos, there’s a painting that witnesses the tragedy of The Saphir in 1741. This painting is like a secret door in a Cathedral that opens on to the great History.
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Guess you would have to call it an essay film. But this is far more an audio-visual immersion than the explication of a thesis. I think it can best be taken as an injunction to remember. Not to remember history, exactly, but to remember that you are standing always in a place, wherever you happen to be, where an incalculable amount of history has already happened. Our streets are fulgent w/ their living pasts.