Avec Andre Gide (1952)

Genres - Language & Literature  |   Sub-Genres - Biography, Literary Studies, Social History  |   Run Time - 85 min.  |   Countries - France  |  
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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.

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archival-footage, career-retrospective, France, interview, literary-criticism, playwright, writer, writing