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Meeting Buñuel


Our reclaimed films
Jean-Claude Carrière Film-maker
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Les films que nous avons écrit avec Pierre Etaix et qu’il a réalisé et interprété, nous ont été en quelque sorte dérobés, on peut dire, par un couple qui nous  les a achetés sous le prétexte  de mieux les exploiter qu’ils ne l’aient été jusque-là et en réalité nous nous sommes rendu compte que ce couple n’avait pas du tout les moyens d’exploiter ces films et qu’ils les gardaient pour probablement les revendre un jour après notre mort. Alors nous avons fait un procès que nous avons gagné et nous sommes en train de récupérer ces films qui n’ont pas été vu depuis au moins 15 ans et qu’il est important de restaurer. Alors nous allons essayer avant de disparaitre de les remettre en circulation, je crois qu’ils en valent la peine.

The films we wrote together - with Pierre Etaix - and that he directed and acted in, were, in a manner of speaking, stolen by a couple who bought them, promising to capitalise on them better than we had. And then we realised this couple had no means to do so, and they were probably keeping them so they could make a profit by selling them once we're dead. So we went to court, and we won, and we are slowly getting them back, they haven't been seen for 15 years, and it is important to properly restore them. So before we die we will try to start showing them again, because I think they're worth it.

French screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière (1931-2021) began his association with films aged 24 when he was selected by Jacques Tati to write for him. This early experience led to further contact with other film-makers, including Luis Buñuel with whom Carrière collaborated for many years. He wrote screenplays for films including Belle de Jour, The Discreet Charms of the Bourgeoisie, Tin Drum and Danton.

Listeners: Andrzej Wolski

Film director and documentary maker, Andrzej Wolski has made around 40 films since 1982 for French television, the BBC, TVP and other TV networks. He specializes in portraits and in historical films. Films that he has directed or written the screenplay for include Kultura, which he co-directed with Agnieszka Holland, and KOR which presents the history of the Worker’s Defence Committee as told by its members. Andrzej Wolski has received many awards for his work, including the UNESCO Grand Prix at the Festival du Film d’Art.

Tags: Le Soupirant, Yoyo, Pierre Etaix

Duration: 44 seconds

Date story recorded: January 2010

Date story went live: 26 July 2010