PARALLEL SCREENS / LES SPECTRES DE L'HISTOIRE
 FIDMARSEILLE 2009

world premiere / first film

   

MM, LAST INTERVIEW

 

Guillaume Bureau

 

 

FRANCE
2008
Colour
video
56’

Original version
French
Photography, sound, editing
Guillaume Bureau

Casting
Dominique Coquard

Production and distribution
Guillaume Bureau


 
In July 1962, at her home, Marylin Monroe granted Richard Meryman what was to be her last interview. The actress died in the night of 4 to 5 August. Extracts of that interview were to be published on 17 August in Life Magazine. The film goes back on these conversations, translated into French in such a way as to allow the original idiom to breathe and interpreted by Dominique Coquard, simply seated in a neutral interior. No attempt is made here to “recreate” Marylin, to take her place. That would be a waste of time and effort. The star has made an imprint once and for all of her body, her movements, her voice. Guillaume Bureau, a theatre director, has taken up another form of challenge for his first film. Instead he has taken the risk of getting the actress to make a come-back, to allow her words to resonate with their charm, to unfold like new in their so keen and supple intelligence, in their incredible generosity. Contrary to all expectations, body thus makes itself felt, a posture rises to the surface and breaks through the sealed icon. Ghosts have body; it is their voice, a music that echoes back to us, let us hark.

Jean-Pierre Rehm

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