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Lecture: Marcel Broodthaers’s Virtual, Artisanal, and Poetic Cinema

Lecture by scholar Christophe Wall-Romana

Part of “I Am Not a Filmmaker”: The Films of Marcel Broodthaers

To understand better the puzzling short films made by Marcel Broodthaers, this talk punctuated with film clips will recast the artist’s works within three intersecting experimental practices: artisanal cinema by avant-garde filmmakers often screened in art galleries or small cine-clubs; cinepoetry or cinema ‘in’ poetry; and virtual cinema, which acts as a radical opposition to commercial cinema. 16mm film & video, 75 minutes.

About the Speaker

Christophe Wall-Romana is associate professor in the department of French and Italian at the University of Minnesota, where he is also affiliated with the new graduate minor in moving image studies. Wall-Romana’s research has focused on the textual intersections of French poetry and cinema, especially around the post–World War II narrative avant-garde in France. Secondary interests include contemporary poetry, philosophy, and the translation of American poetry into French. He is the author of the books Cinepoetry: Imaginary Cinemas in French Poetry, 1890–2008 (Fordham, 2012), and the first monograph in English on Jean Epstein (Manchester, 2012).


Major support to preserve, digitize, and present the Ruben/Bentson Moving Image Collection is generourly provided by the Bentson Foundation.