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Philippe Garrel: Fight for Eternity

Philippe Garrel: Fight for Eternity

*"Through art, we fight for eternity; but there’s no point because we’re mortal." —Philippe Garrel

L'ENFANT SECRET

Philippe Garrel France, 1979

A hidden gem from Philippe Garrel’s haunting filmography, this pocket melodrama meditates on loss, filmmaking, and the obstacles of an unstable relationship. Borrowing biographical details from the French auteur’s own love story with the singer Nico, L’enfant secret is a work of intimate poetry.

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LE RÉVÉLATEUR

Philippe Garrel France, 1968

In astonishingly beautiful B&W, Philippe Garrel’s silent experimental narrative film was made in his 20s with the ferocious Zanzibar art collective. Shot near military camps in Germany, to create a feeling of oppression, it is a primal response to the events of May ’68 as they were still unfolding.

LOVER FOR A DAY

Philippe Garrel France, 2017

In this lithe romantic triangle, Philippe Garrel shows us he only needs the barest means—plus 35mm B&W film—to tell a story. Co-scripted with his regular collaborator Jean-Claude Carrière, the film oozes desire and intensity, as two women (one played by his daughter Esther) find out what love means.

THE VIRGIN'S BED

Philippe Garrel France, 1969

From Philippe Garrel, a cinematic conflagration and re-invention of Biblical storytelling for a culture and an audience having just passed through the convulsions of May ’68. Unabashedly radical and ambitious, with an epoch-defining cast.

LES HAUTES SOLITUDES

Philippe Garrel France, 1974

Described by Garrel himself as “a film made out of the outtakes of a film that never existed,” this is a silent, transfixing portrait shot on elegiac black and white recalling Andy Warhol’s famed screen tests. Brace yourself for a prophetic, utterly poignant scene foreshadowing Jean Seberg’s death.