Cygne II


Experimental film | France | 35 mm | 1.33 | color | mono | 1976 | 08'  30"

Original language: Français Screening Copy: 35 mm
A two-part painting plan evoking the mysterious universe of the painter Füssly. The voice of Michael Lonsdale.
The room is vast and it's evening. The light is diffused, indirect, filters red, and the drapes and velvet curtains are moving, dividing the space in two. She is seated in the foreground, very white and blonde, her curly hair held in place by a comb. She is wearing a white dress, revealing her soft, smooth legs and feet. Perfectly made-up, red mouth, bare shoulder and arms. Very alert and tense. She gently strokes the back of her neck. And looks at him in the background on the right. Lying wounded, his face, chest and feet bleeding and dripping. He waits for death without suffering. He cannot see it. He is dressed only in white trousers. In the background on the left, a young girl is watching him, and watching us. Her dress is black, cut at the front. She smiles, slightly still, and crosses her arms, very straight. Everything stands still, stretching. She strokes the back of her neck regularly. Her hand moves slowly down her shoulder, her arm. Her face lights up, she stands up and walks towards him, lightly, barely touching the ground. She reaches him and stands beside him. He can't see her, he'll die without seeing her, but he tilts his head to the left. In the background, the girl continues to smile. She is separated from them, but she knows. The curtain moves slightly. The light fades in the foreground but increases in the background on the right. He is still lying down, she is standing still. She desires him. She moves her hand forward and caresses hisTranslated with (free version)


Director: Absis Cinematographer: Bruno Nuytten Assistant Cameraman: Louis Bihi, Joël Quentin, Jean Mascolo Set Designer: Colette Dubuc Narration: Michael Lonsdale


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