Synopsis by Hal Erickson
By the time the 98-minute documentary Andre Gide made it to the screen, its titular subject had passed away. As a result, the scenes in which author/playwright Gide discusses his work, his life and his goals take on an eerie poignancy. Director Marc Allegret employs a combination of still photos, newsreel footage and interviews to paint a vivid portrait of Gide's role in the new French literary movement of the early 1900s. Also prominent in the proceedings are excerpts from a filmed record of Gide's trip to Africa, also helmed by Allegret. The most controversial passages of the film concern Andre Gide's flirtation with, and ultimately break from, the communist party.
archival-footage, career-retrospective, France, interview, literary-criticism, playwright, writer, writing