PHLIPPE GARREL x 2 DVD
I CAN NO LONGER HEAR THE GUITAR (1991)
+ EMERGENCY KISSES (1989)
I Can No Longer Hear the Guitar (J'entends plus la guitare, 1991) is Garrel's haunting tribute to his ten-year relationship with the iconic German chanteuse Nico. Johanna ter Steege plays Marianne, the doomed lover of Gérard (Benoît Régent). Caught in a self-destructive heroin haze, they drift together and apart as Gérard struggles with his simultaneous desire for and repulsion towards a stable life.
In the tender and heartbreaking Emergency Kisses (Les Baisers de secours, 1989), the entire Garrel clan steps in front of the camera as versions of themselves- Philippe, father Maurice, then-wife Brigitte Sy, and five-year-old Louis in his first screen role. When a philandering film director refuses to cast his stage actress wife in a role largely based on her, the couple begins to wrestle with their conflicting philosophies on art and life.
DVD one includes: French press book excerpts, including a handwritten letter from Jean-Luc Godard; vintage lobby cards; French trailer for Garrel's Regular Lovers
DVD two includes: Philipe Garrel, ArtisteI (1999): a rare 50 minute documentary made for the French television series Cinéma, de notre temps; French press book excerpts, including a note from filmmaker Leos Carax; vintage lobby cards; a new essay on both films by The New Yorker's Richard Brody
DVD One: 1991 / Color / 98 mins / In French with optional English subtitles
DVD Two: 1989 / B&W / 83 mins / In French with optional English subtitles