The "positive" has been given to us at birth wrote poor Franz, who begged his friend Max to destroy all of his books. But Max did not listen and this is how we know Kafka's work. The author of "The Metamorphosis" added : it's up to us to make the " negative". So this is the originality of the origin of cinematography : to make the negative first. Edison did not do it. Auguste and Louis did, for they invented the projector before the camera. Don't we have to be brought into the world before making our way into it...? And realize that our rights over it, if they do exist, exist only through our duties. What can a self-portrait ( not a portrait, or even less a biography) signify - never before attempted in a novel or in music ? Sometimes in painting. What was Rembrandt looking for when he set up his easel next to the mirror ? Probably : how far can painting go ? and then, how far would he follow, meaning until when. Not because of age, but because of painting itself. For it was time itself which he put on the canvas. Laid bare, if we can say that. Neither a passport photograph. Nor a self examination. Just a question of time. Space gives very few answers ; neither do speed or position. Unless maybe in the system of cinematography, the only one where moral forces have something to do with physical forces.
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"(...) There's no doub about it : despite its numerous references, "JLG-JLG" is first and foremost a work of art. Even better : a hymn to art. Godard, sitting at his desk, puts on his glasses and picks up his pen to denounce the masquerade that the word "culture" represents today. In his own provocative and amusing way. But also with surprising precision. He gropes, erases, starts again to corner the truth. Listen to him : "There's the rule...all right. And there's the exception. The rule is culture. The exception is art. No... There's culture that's part of the rule. There's art that's part of the exception... Art is lived and becomes the art of life. It's the rule to desire the death of the exception. It's therefore the rule of the Europe of culture to organize the death of the art of life."(...)"
(Claude-Marie Trémois - Télérama)