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Dominique Benicheti's COUSIN JULES

Chicago Premiere!

Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 7:00pm

Location: Film Row Cinema at Columbia College Chicago - 1104 South Wabash Avenue

Dominique Benicheti’s COUSIN JULES appears to be an understated documentary set over a single day, depicting an elderly farmer and his wife going about mundane tasks in the French countryside. In fact, Benicheti and cinematographer Pierre William Glenn shot the film over five years and employed technology that hadn't been used before in documentary filmmaking—namely CinemaScope and stereophonic sound. It’s not even a documentary in the strict sense of the word; Benicheti, who takes a writing credit, storyboarded every shot before filming. The director was in the process of restoring COUSIN JULES—frame by frame, and by hand—when he died suddenly in 2011. (An expert in stereoscopic technology, he also hoped to convert the film to 3D.) Two years after his death, the restoration was completed by others, and the film got a wide release for the first time. JULES couldn't find a distributor in 1973, despite winning acclaim at various international film festivals; most art house theaters were unequipped to screen the film in its original format, and Benicheti wouldn't let it be shown any other way. Now audiences can finally enjoy JULES as it was meant to be seen. It's a truly meditative filmgoing experience, one in which the pounding of a hammer is as rhythmic and moving as the flick of a pen, the stroke of a brush, or the rolling of a camera. (1972, 91 min., DCP)

“LE COUSIN JULES...is a totally unique and arresting piece of cinema that eludes all present genre categories, while sharing something of all of them, yet creates a cinematic ambience that virtually eliminates verbal language.” - Lee Atwell, Film Quarterly, 1975



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