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Paris Calligrammes

  • Wednesday, June 23, 2021
  • 12:00 p.m.
  • Week-long Film Presentation
  • Virtual Program

Streamed online June 23 through June 29

When she arrived in Paris in the early 1960s, German filmmaker Ulrike Ottinger discovered Fritz Picard’s Librairie Calligrammes, a bookstore frequented by students and intellectuals. The Librairie ultimately inspired her rich filmic expression—embracing contemporary and historical footage—of the city that shaped her, depicting a life energized by jazz clubs, cafés, studios, theaters, and even a street scene stirring deep artistic and political excitement. More than a personal memoir or artful paean to the City of Light, Paris Calligrammes is a visual poem that reveals the city’s rich bohemian past and evokes a culture that profoundly shaped the 20th century. “One of the great works of first-person cinema.”—Richard Brody. (Ulrike Ottinger, 130 minutes, 2020)