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L'Ampleur de Smilowski
© Yohan Laffort / Du film à retordre
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AUTEUR(S)-RÉALISATEUR(S)

Jean-Michel Compiègne, Yohan Laffort

PRODUCTION / DIFFUSION

Du film à retordre, La Poterne

ORGANISME(S) DÉTENTEUR(S) ou DÉPOSITAIRE(S)

Vidéorème, La Maison du doc

ISAN : non renseigné - en savoir plus
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Jean Smilowski est mort en 1989. Durant toute sa vie, il a habité une cabane en bois, son "ranch", à la lisière de la ville de Lille. Il n’a cessé de peindre, de "bricoler", fasciné par les images, par l’Histoire, le cinéma et ses stars inaccessibles. Jacques Bonnaffé a prêté au film, sa voix, son énergie pour nous guider sur les traces de cet artiste hors-norme, habité par ses rêves.

Jean Smilowski died in 1989, in Lille, to everyone’s indifference. He lived in the city’s fringes, in “La Poterne” locality -a true no man’s land- in a wooden hut without comfort, with his parents. In his “ranch” that he rebuilt after his mother’s death, he would not cease to paint, to build all sorts of diverse objects, to recreate an ideal world, fantasised, imagined, until his expulsion and his relocation in social housing, a few years before his death. He leaves us with a protean work, witness of his sufferings and his passing through the tormented last century, a work oriented towards the image that fascinated him, as well as great men with whom he didn’t miss an occasion to identify himself. Jacques Bonnaffé lent his talent, his voice, his energy, to guide us on the traces of this artist and help us, with sensitivity, to catch a glimpse of this man and creator’s universe.

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