According to Henri Langlois, Muriel, ou Le Temps d’un retour (Alain Resnais, 1963) had only one flaw: “It’s not always pleasant to look at oneself in the mirror. And with Muriel, the French are suddenly looking at themselves in the mirror.” This talk highlights the significance of Resnais’s redirection of the French gaze, from the antiimperial documentary Les Statues meurent aussi (1953) to Muriel. * A screening of Muriel will precede the lecture at 3pm in Innis 222.
Laure Astourian is Assistant Professor of French at Bentley University. She holds a doctorate in French from Columbia University. Her publications appear in Studies in French Cinema, the collection Dans le sillage de Jean Rouch, and she is presently completing a book manuscript on ethnography in French cinema of the 1960s.