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Jean-Baptiste Emmerich, the painter, had said: ‘‘Those who love me will take the train’’. And then he died. So they all take the train to Limoges. All of them. The real friends and false friends; the heirs, both legitimate and illegitimate; the family both natural and unnatural. Some families only get together for funerals.
“Now I know what the cinema brings me and I can’t find anywhere else. It’s a mistake to force a distinction between cinema and theatre as some people do, even though I know that this is a country where borders are not easily crossed. So when I meet people who ask me what I’m doing and I say I’ve just finished one film and am
starting another (which is true), they say “But what about the theatre?” “No immediate plans.” “What a pity!” they exclaim. It’s not a pity. The cinema and the theatre are not two separate, incompatible worlds, no matter what people say. With all due respect I prefer to recall “Citizen Kane”, of which the credits include those wonderful words: “Filmed with the actors of the Mercury Theater”... (Patrice Chereau)