THE DARKROOM contains the script for Duras’ 1977 radically experimental film Le camion (The Truck). Between the images of the truck, juxtaposed voice-overs, and cutaways to Duras and Depardieu, the art of film becomes the art of opening audience members to the possibility of engaging multiple faculties—not only the visual and the aural, but also memory, imagination, and desire.
Also included here are essayistic reflections in which Duras protests that most movies “beat the imagination to death” because they “are the same every time they are played.”
In the interview with Michelle Porte that closes out the book, Duras further describes her filmmaking style, discussing everything from her biography to her deconstruction of Marxism.
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