Marguerite: A Reflection of Herself | Chicago Reader

Marguerite: A Reflection of Herself

A welcome contrast to PBS-style documentaries that purport to sum up an artist's accomplishments in a sentence or two, this loving portrait of the writer and filmmaker Marguerite Duras is poetic, allusive, and elusive—much like her art, which blended autobiography, fiction, and philosophy. Director Dominique Auvray (a friend of Duras') builds a densely layered portrait using excerpts from her writings (some set to music), clips from her films, family photographs, home movies, and old interviews. Duras speaks of her childhood in Indochina, her communism, and her “unconditional love” for her son. The video is suffused with her passion for literature, the process of writing, and cinema—though she claims she made films only because she didn't “have the strength to be idle.” In French with subtitles. 60 min.


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