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I Can No Longer Hear the Guitar

(J'entends plus la guitare)
France 1991. Dir: Philippe Garrel. 98 min. 35mm

35mm PRINT! “Arguably Garrel's masterpiece” (Kent Jones, Film Comment), this profoundly personal, self-immolating film à clef was made in response to the sudden death of Nico, the Warhol Superstar and Velvet Underground songstress who was Garrel’s romantic and creative partner for 10 volatile years, from 1969 to 1979. (She co-stars in his 1972 acid-trip The Inner Scar, also screening in this series.) Johanna ter Steege (The Vanishing) and the late Benoît Régent (Three Colours: Blue) are bohemian lovers (and Nico and Garrel surrogates) Marianne and Gérard. When their intense, interdependent, heroin-afflicted relationship falls apart, Gérard commits himself to a more stable partner (Brigitte Sy, Garrel’s then-wife), with whom he has a child. Then Marianne returns. A raw, realist work in the mold of Jean Eustache’s autobiographical fictions, the film deservedly won a Silver Lion at Venice. “One of the Nineties’ best movies” (Nick Pinkerton, Indiewire).

REVIEWS

"A masterpiece ... Raw, rueful, and piercingly alert, a film of tremendous formal instinct and cogent human truth."

Village Voice | full review

"Philippe Garrel’s most radical attempt at confessional melodrama ... He balances a hypnotic romanticism with the frightening lurch of unsteady emotions."

The New Yorker | full review