J'Entends plus la Guitare

Title: J'Entends plus la Guitare
Japanese Title: ギターはもう聞こえない
Director & Screenwriter: Philippe Garrel
Adapted by: Jean-François Goyet
Dialogues: Marc Cholodenko
Image: Caroline Champetier (A.F.C.)
Assistant Cameramen: Patrice Guillou & Michel Gallois
Original Music: Faton Cahen
Musicians: Didier Lockwood: Violin; Elton Dean: Saxophone; Faton Cahen: Piano
Electrician: Joël Germaneau
Stagehand: Bruno Debet
Sound: René Levert
Boom Operator Martin Boisseau
Sound Engineer (Music) Olivier Do Huu
Mixing Engineer: Alain Garnier
Editing: Sophie Coussein & Yann Dedet
Assistant Editing: Nathalie Hubert
First Assistant Director: Hubert Engammare
Second Assistant Director: Patrick Piccolo
Production Director: Charles Tible
Production Department: Eric Zaouali
Production Department Assistant Jérôme Dassier
Production Department Trainee: Bruno Resnais
Production Administration: Michèle Davy
Production Secretary: Bertrand Severin
Stage Photographer: Alain Faure
Press: Marie-Christine Damiens
Production: Une production Gérard Vaugeois / les Films de l'Atalante avec le concours du Centre National de la Cinématographie et de la PROCIREP
Copyright: © les Films de l'Atalante — visa d'exploitation No 73 746
Running Time: 98 minutes
Format: 35 mm, colour
Release Date: 1991-09-01 [FR]
Cast: Benoît Régent: Gérard
Johanna Ter Steege: Marianne
Yann Collette: Martin, a painter
Mireille Perrier: Lolla
Brigitte Sy: Aline
Anouk Grinberg: Adrienne
Adélaïde Blasquez: Linda

With the appearance of:
Philippe Morier-Genoud (The brother-in-law)
        and his family

As well as:
Thomas Salsman: Thomas, Marianne's son
Édith Boulogne: Thomas' granny
Alexis Piccolo: Ben, Gérard's son and Aline
Chantal Trichet Aline's friend
Note: Dedicated to Nico, J'Entends plus la Guitare is a minimally altered recounting of moments from the history of director Philippe Garrel and Nico's relationship, their years together and apart (Nico starred in seven of Garrel's films during the seventies, and stills from his films graced two of her albums, Desertshore, and The End...). Gérard had found happiness: love, simple love that gives life a meaning. Marianne (Johanna Ter Steege) (who is not a musician in the film) and Gérard (Benoît Regent) spent some time in Positano (IT) with Martin (Yann Collette), Gérard's best friend and his woman Lolla (Mireille Perrier). Marianne and Gérard take Marianne's son, Thomas (Thomas Salsman) to his granny's (Édith Boulogne) in Bourg-la-Reine (FR). Then they return to their derelict Parisian 6th floor flat near the Place de la République and the hand-to-mouth existence by which they live. Gérard spends every evening at Martin's smoking hasch and talking about Marianne. Almost by accident, she slips away to another man. Gérard meets Linda (Adélaïde Blasquez), then Aline (Brigitte Sy). Marianne comes back from Germany and books into the cheap Hôtel Auguste, as Aline doesn't want to see her. Gérard meets Adrienne next (Anouk Grinberg). But Marianne is still there. The times they are a-changin', but you can't turn out the past. Then Aline tells Gérard that Marianne has died. "She was riding a bicycle in Ibiza and was found dead by the side of the road." Gérard goes and meditates at Marianne's grave near Berlin. But the wheel keeps on turning. Gérard and Aline have a 2 months old baby called Ben. Yet Gérard realizes that Marianne is locked in his memory as a locus of lost happiness.

"In the beginning, I wanted the film to be a train trip to Nico's tomb in the cemetery in Berlin, with the whole story constructed through flashbacks. I later gave up this idea because it seemed to me to be some novelist's cliché. So, I said to myself that I wanted to talk only about the phase when a person enters his forties. This is a moment when he swings between the state of being a young man and a man. And it is for this reason that getting old does not scare me. At the beginning, its a mental fact When we think about out youth, we see ourselves as we are today, with the same form of mental attitude. If I had decided to direct actors younger than me, I would have had the problem of the second role. I do not understand how an adolescent could have regretted (as we have regretted) tolerating the appearance of cynicism in himself. The present time of J'entend plus la guitarre is that of a lost world. I thus preferred that the character already had the age of arrival. While I was shooting, I was reading L'éducation sentimentale to put myself to sleep. In a way, J'Entends plus la Guitare tells the story of the sentimental education of a particular generation.".
— Philippe Garrel Interview by Thierry Jousse, "Cahiers du Cinéma" No 447, 1991-09-00)

Philippe Garrel won the Leone d'Argento at the Mostra d'Arte Cinematografica di Venezia, 1991-09-22), with J'Entends plus la Guitare, ex-aequo with Zhang Yimou's Dahong Denglong Gaogao Gua and Terry Gilliam's The Fisher King.

TV broadcast Canal Jimmy (FR) Thursday 2001-12-27 22.05

2004-06-05 21.00, 2004-06-12 16.30 and 2004-06-27 21.00 at La Cinémathèque, Salle Chaillot, 7 avenue Albert de Mun, Paris.
2007-09-25 16.30 and 2007-09-26 16.00, Donostia Zinemaldia Festival De San Sebastian, Spain
Photographs: Philippe Garrel - Mireille Perrier - Johanna Ter Steege
Poster: Film poster

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