A Dirty Story/Photos of Alex/Hieronymous Bosch
DIRECTOR: JEAN EUSTACHE
The idiosyncratic personality and the sheer breadth of Eustache’s artistry is clear in every moment in this selection of short films he made in the latter part of his career—films about history, art, and the porous boundaries between fiction and nonfiction. In A Dirty Story (Une sale histoire), Eustache mirrors two halves—one framed as documentary, the other a fictional drama—concerning a repentant sexual voyeur (Michel Lonsdale); in Photos of Alex, he questions the reliability of memory and images via the dialogue of a young woman describing a series of her photographs to a teenage listener; in Hieronymous Bosch’s Garden of Delights, he watches with detached skepticism as the titular oil painting is analyzed by Jean Frapat in a lecture to a small audience.
NOTE: This is a free screening. The shorts Photos of Alex and Hieronymous Bosch’s Garden of Delights do not feature English subtitles.