Carapace : autoportrait d'un chanteur inconnu
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Bob is a singer and a musician. While waiting for fame, he collects welfare, works at odd jobs to make ends meet, and lives at his girlfriend's house. He forms a band. Bob is very stubborn, and he is always in conflict with others. Bob's crazy dream is to perform in Russia. He hopes to find in the East the celebrity he cannot find in North America. Carapace is both a work of fiction inspired by documentary style and a documentary inspired by fiction.

1984
Canada
28:06
Original language
French

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Credits

Direction
Jean-Pierre St-Louis
Cast
Louise Bélanger
Peter Bierman
Suzanne Girard
Bob Olivier
Production
Jean-Pierre St-Louis
Coop Vidéo de Montréal

Technical information

Color
Color
Image format
4:3

Documentation

Further information

"In his second video, Carapace : autoportrait d’un chanteur inconnu (1984), television feeds our dreams with exotic images : a singer wants to leave Montreal and move to Moscow to sing in Russian. He lands in Hong Kong. He ends up doing everything, a bit disastrously, except music. Carapace : autoportrait d’un chanteur inconnu is the most sensuous of the three tapes, although at first sight one might think the opposite. It documents with fatalism the drama unfolding on Rachel St., for example, between the abandoned sexes of a revolution doomed to failure in the mid-1980s. The camera follows the action, adapting itself to it and becoming the emotion of the down-and-out people it observes, while the TV in the corner winks tiredly at us".

CARRIÈRE, Daniel. «Devant l’écran», Ciné-Bulles, Vol. 11, no. 3, p. 40.

Keywords
Marginality, Relation, Intimacy, Artist, Music