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Jean-Louis Comolli



Jean-Louis Comolli (born 30 July 1941) is a French writer, editor, and film director. He was editor in chief of Cahiers du cinéma from 1966 to 1978, during which period he wrote the influential essays "Machines of the Visible" (1971) and "Technique and Ideology: Camera, Perspective, Depth of Field" (1971-2), both of which have been translated in English anthologies of film and media studies. This work was important in the discussion on apparatus theory, an attempt to rethink cinema as a site for the production and maintenance of dominant state ideology in the wake of May 1968.

After his tenure at Cahiers, Comolli continued his work as a director and has since published numerous works on film theory, documentary, and jazz. He currently teaches film theory at the Universities of Paris VIII, Barcelona, Strasburg and Genève.

In the spring of 2008, Comolli was invited to the Visions du réel documentary film festival in Nyon, Switzerland, where he developed his theory of documentary cinema.

1968 : Les deux Marseillaises (co-director : André S. Labarthe)
1969 : Comme je te veux
1975 : La Cecilia
1981 : L'Ombre rouge
1983 : Balles perdues
1986 : Le Bal d'Irène (TV)
1987 : Pétition (TV)
1989 : Marseille de père en fils - Coup de mistral
1989 : Marseille de père en fils - Ombres sur la ville
1992 : La Campagne de Provence
1993 : Marseille en mars
1994 : Jeune fille au livre
1995 : Georges Delerue (TV)
1996 : Marseille contre Marseille
1997 : Nos deux Marseillaises
1997 : La Question des alliances
2000 : Durruti, portrait d'un anarchiste
2003 : Rêves de France à Marseille
2004 : Les Esprits du Koniambo (TV)
2005 : Le Peintre, le poète et l'historien (TV)


Trace of the future according to Jean-Louis Comolli

Une trace du futur selon Jean-Louis Comolli (Orig.) / 2014 / France / 4 min

Filmmakers that were selected at Visions du Réel in the past twenty editions celebrate the Festival's anniversary by each making a short movie in which they expose their view of the future.



Visegrad? Where the hell is that?

Visegrad? Where the hell is that?

With this daring motto, playfully ironic visual design and primarily interesting film selection, Visegrad Film Festival presented its programme in Cork, Ireland. How was it, where does it go and why is it actually held in Ireland?

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- 26.9.2016 -

A Showcase of Asian Documentary Film Jewels? TIDF!

A Showcase of Asian Documentary Film Jewels? TIDF!

The interest in all things Asian is growing faster than capital markets in the global world. That goes for documentary films as well. The contemporary production of Asian documentary filmmakers is regularly presented by Taiwan International Documentary Festival.

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- 12.9.2016 -

Gulîstan, Land of Roses Wins Prestigious Doc Alliance Selection Award at Locarno IFF

Gulîstan, Land of Roses Wins Prestigious Doc Alliance Selection Award at Locarno IFF

On Sunday, August 7, young director Zaynê Akyol became the 9th winner of the unique Doc Alliance Selection Award that is awarded since 2008 by the international Doc Alliance platform. The Kurdish director based in Canada received the award during an award ceremony at Locarno IFF. Along with the award, the filmmaker also received financial support of 5.000 euro for her future film.

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- 8.8.2016 -

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