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FEMIS: possible because of Jack Gajos


Andrzej Wajda: 'Buñuel was my master'
Jean-Claude Carrière Film-maker
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C’est évidement un des très  grands cinéastes de notre temps. Il y a une chose qui m’a beaucoup frappé chez lui c’est qu’il m’a dit qu’un jour… dans les années ’60… à l’époque encore dure du communisme, il avait été invité au festival de Cannes avec un film, c’était Cendre et diamant je pense ou Canal, je ne sais plus. Et il avait été interrogé quels sont vos cinéastes favoris, ceux qui vous ont influencé et il avait répondu Buñuel. Et par la suite, longtemps après il m’a dit: ‘à cette époque là, je n’avais vu aucun film de Buñuel, mais je savais déjà qu’il était mon maître’. C’est une phrase que j’ai toujours beaucoup aimé, le maître invisible, celui dont on sait, à distance, sans l’avoir jamais rencontré que c’est vers lui que nous allons.

He is one of the greatest film directors of our time. There is something that always struck me, it is what he said one day, in the ’60s, under the communists still, when he had been invited to the Cannes Film Festival for one of his films, Ashes and Diamonds or Kanał, I don’t remember... and he was asked about his favourite film-makers, those who would have influenced him, and he said Buñuel. Then, afterwards, he told me, ‘I had never seen any of his films, but I already knew he was my master’. It is a sentence I have always liked a lot... the ‘invisible master’, the one we know we go towards, without ever having met up with him.

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: Cannes Film Festival, Andrzej Wajda, Luis Buñuel

Duration: 1 minute

Date story recorded: January 2010

Date story went live: 18 October 2010