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Captive Feast

Directed by Mario Ruspoli

A Look at Madness

Directed by Mario Ruspoli

Although not ignored, Mario Ruspoli has never obtained a recognition worthy of the importance of his work as a documentary filmmaker, one with original approaches and inventive writing who is attentive to the issues of society. This is notably the case of these two short films, made back-to-back. Both films accompany the doctors and patients of a psychiatric hospital in central France, attentive to therapeutic innovations as well as to the personalities of the so-called "lunatics,” for the first time seen in cinema with such attention and respect. The films were shot with the new light camera that would become a tool of modern cinema, a camera held by the great figure of direct cinema, Michel Brault from Quebec.

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  • Captive Feast

    Directed by Mario Ruspoli.
    France, 1962, DCP, black & white, 17 min.
    French with English subtitles.
    DCP source: Metrograph
  • A Look at Madness (Regards sur la folie)

    Directed by Mario Ruspoli.
    France, 1962, DCP, color, 53 min.
    French with English subtitles.
    DCP source: Metrograph

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