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The search for certainty leads only to confusion


Hubert Reeves
Jean-Claude Carrière Film-maker
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Initially, I was working on a film project with Hubert Reeves, the astrophysicist, but nothing came of it. However, he introduced me to Jean Audouze and Michel Cassé who were his students, the only ones he's ever had. And I think that's how it all started, us thinking 'maybe we could see each other'... but... anyway, I am the only literary person who has ever tried.

Au début il y avait eu un projet de film que l’on m’avait proposé avec Hubert Reeves, vous savez, l’astrophysicien, et ce film ne s’est pas fait mais Hubert Reeves m’a présenté Jean Audouzze et Michel Cassé qui étaient ses élèves, les seuls élèves qu’il ait jamais eus. Et je crois que quelque chose est né comme ca, on s’est dit «tiens on pourrait se voir…» mais… En tout cas je suis le seul littéraire qui a tenté l’aventure.


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: Jean Andouze, Michel Cassé, Hubert Reeves

Duration: 24 seconds

Date story recorded: January 2010

Date story went live: 18 October 2010