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J'ENTENDS PLUS LA GUITARE
(I DON'T HEAR THE GUITAR ANYMORE)
Silver Lion Venice Film Fest
"Philippe Garrel's 1991 masterpiece...a testament to the elusive genius of a postwar French master" -Village Voice
"J'Entends Plus la Guitare pursues its themes with the intuitive freedom of a memoir or a poem, rather than conventional narrative logic. Like the ghostly music its title evokes, this film's meanings are both elusive and haunting." -New York Times
-New York Post
½ "Garrel’s elliptical approach sneaks up on you and grabs you on a deep level, so that when the events do turn dramatic, when the confrontations finally arrive, they have a potency more penetrating than in typical cinema" -Chicago Tribune
Tip of the Week! "Its tapestry of love and heartbreak, the very harrowing of breath, is a marvel" -NewCity Chicago
"Auteurists believe a director's personality is present in every frame he shoots. In the works of the criminally underrated Garrel, you get not only a singular artistic anima, but, often, the creator’s life flayed bare." -TimeOut Chicago
Recommended! "Harrowing" -Chicago Reader
French filmmaker Philippe Garrel is a Romantic, a film poet dubbed early on the Rimbaud of French cinema whose life and work have been irrevocably altered by his love for one woman: Nico née Christa Päffgen, the Teutonic model and chanteuse from Warhol and Velvet Underground fame. Following her sudden death in 1988, Garrel made J'Entends plus la guitare, a candid and heartbreaking autobiographical account of the end of their relationship and her enduring, haunting influence upon his life. Gérard, played by Benoît Régent from Kieslowski's Trois couleurs: Bleu, who is a stand-in for Garrel attempting to expiate his guilty conscience vis-à-vis his love affair gone awry with Nico, portrayed through the character of Marianne (Johanna ter Steege). As heroin slowly destroys the couple, she slips away into the arms of another man, while Gérard responds almost mechanically by moving through a succession of women, ultimately unable to escape Marianne's hold. (Andréa Picard, Cinematheque Ontario)
Directed by Philippe Garrel, France, 1991, 35mm, 98 mins. In French with English subtitles.