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'Le Ruban blanc': an anthropological study


A common religious background
Jean-Claude Carrière Film-maker
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C’est vrai qu’il y  avait quelque chose certainement que nous avions en commun, une sorte de berceau religieux même si, l’un et l’autre nous, évidemment, étions totalement athées et totalement débarrassés de tout le folklore qu’on nous avait appris pendant notre enfance. Mais il avait été élève des Jésuites, moi élève de Lazaristes… et il en reste toujours quelque chose.

It is true that there was that thing we shared that religious background even though we were both obviously complete atheists and did not follow any of those traditions that had been taught us during our childhood. But he had gone to a Jesuit school and I to one run by the Lazarists, and something always remains.

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: Jesuits, Lazarists, Luis Buñuel

Duration: 25 seconds

Date story recorded: January 2010

Date story went live: 27 July 2010