Six et demi, onze
(Six and a Half by Eleven)
Lecture & Booksigning
Keller, assistant professor of art and cinema studies at the University of Massachusetts-Boston, is coeditor of the collection Jean Epstein: Critical Essays and New Translations.
PRECEDED BY: SA TÊTE (HIS HEAD) (Jean Epstein, France, 1929). A young man is tried for a murder he did not commit. (36 mins, Silent, French intertitles with English electronic titling, B&W, 35mm, From La Cinémathèque française)
Two brothers, practical Jérôme and the younger Jean, inherit the family fortune. A surrealist at heart, in love with love and death, Jean soon disappears, having spirited his beloved Marie, an opera singer, to a romantic seaside villa. But Marie can’t be owned. Two other objects of desire are entwined in Jean’s imagination and the film’s plot: a Kodak and a pistol. How a gun and a camera speak to each other is one of several prescient themes Epstein develops through entirely visual means—superimposition, montage, startling close-ups—in this film that should be better known.