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It May Be that Beauty has Reinforced Our Resolve
(Il se peut que la beauté ait renforcé notre resolution)

Director in Person
Screening on Film
$12 Special Event Tickets
Directed by Philippe Grandrieux.
France, 2011, digital video, color, 74 min.
Japanese and French with English subtitles.

It May Be that Beauty has Reinforced Our Resolve (Il se peut que la beauté ait renforcé notre resolution) with introduction and post-screeing discussion with Philippe Grandrieux, Go Hirasawa and Haden Guest. © Harvard Film Archive

Adapting a line spoken by a Red Army member in Prisoner/Terrorist for its title, Philippe Grandrieux's latest film offers a lyrical portrait of Masao Adachi, crafted from four Tokyo nights spent in the company of the veteran yet still galvanizing radical. It May Be that Beauty... is the first in a series of unconventional portrait films created with French film scholar and curator Nicole Brenez and dedicated to those brave filmmakers fearlessly committed to political ideologies and causes. Inspired by the celebrated Cinéastes de notre temps series created by André Labarthe and Janine Bazin, the series inaugurated by Grandrieux's film will seek to create an intimate spark and dialogue between the artists before and behind the camera: "The series does not stem from a dogmatic list of the rules of the game. It is precisely the opposite, which conducts the movement of films; a gesture of freedom, without weight, by which the filmmaker can witness the work of another filmmaker, of his aesthetic, ethical, and political engagement, of his struggle with the world and with himself. In other words, at which point is the cinema at the heart of the project, the cinema and friendship." – Philippe Grandrieux

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