Thursday, December 29, 2011

Serge Daney in 2011

2012 will mark the 20th "anniversary" of Serge Daney's death in 1992. What is perhaps remarkable is that, despite the lack of proper English translations, Serge Daney has not fallen into oblivion and remains somewhat a cinephilic reference - litlle known, but too important to be ignored. Mentions keep appearing, quotes keep proping up, translations seem to happen. There may even be a few events organised for the the 20 year mark (for example the Trafic, 20 years, 20 films exhibition at the Centre Pompidou in Paris on 11-30 January).

Serge Daney in 1968 at the Odeon theatre
Looking back at 2011, there are a number of signs that Serge Daney remains present in film criticism. Two books by Serge Daney were translated and published in Dutch, the 3-hour filmed interview "Journey of a Cine-Son" has been entirely translated and subititled in English, and a number of translations appeared (or re-appeared):

There were also two "disgressions": the translations of extracts from Louis Skorecki's Dialogue with Serge Daney and of some of Daney's postcards.


In France, a theatre play about Serge Daney, created in France in 2010, has enjoyed enough success that it continues to tour the country. Serge Daney was even the subject of a festival (The ethical point of view of film: Serge Daney, Croatia and Slovenia, December 2011 - if anybody attended, we're eager for ).

In all, reasons to hope, and to continue... despite the lack of time to dedicate to this blog. Humple apologies to the 2-3,000 people who came to this blog last year (and especially the 100 or so loyal followers who check out on new entries). I will try to do better in 2012.

Happy New Year everyone.

Laurent

4 comments:

  1. Hi,
    A short message to correct the dates of "Trafic 20 years, 20 films" at the Centre Pompidou which will take place from January 11th till January 30th (not 13th). On Saturday 14th at 14:30, the conference Daney gave at the Jeu de Paume on May 1992 for the launch of "Trafic" will be screened : his last appearance in public, 2 hours of vivid and brilliant talk (in French) on images.
    Thanks and best wishes for the New Year.
    Judith Revault d'Allonnes

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  4. Thank you Judith. I've just corrected the dates of the "Trafic 20 years, 20 films" event. Best of luck with it. I wish I could attend.

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