U.S. Go Home with Claire Denis: La Vagabonde

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

U.S. GO HOME is the great unseen Claire Denis film. Denis’ contribution to Tous les garcons et les filles de leur age — a remarkable French television commission that invited nine different directors, including Olivier Assayas and Andre Techiné, to reflect upon their adolescence and the music that was important to them — U.S. GO HOME has been screened in this country only a handful of times. A quasi-autobiographical work inspired by the culture shock of Denis’ return from Africa to the Parisian outskirts, U.S. GO HOME uses the story of two young girls’ reluctant visit to a dance party to explore the fugitive chemistry of social and sexual relationships. – Harvard Film Archive (1994, 58 min.) Digital projection

Playing with:

CLAIRE DENIS: LA VAGABONDE (1996, Sébastien Lifshitz, 50 min.)

In an arrestingly filmed interview (with the questions omitted), Denis offers a spirited and insightful discussion of her films and career. Exploring her first few films in illuminating detail, she also explains her fascinating ideas about filmmaking itself—lighting, sound, editing—and about such other filmmakers as Renoir and Ozu. – Harvard Film Archive

  • Country France
  • Language In French with English subtitles