France ferrovière : bienvenue au paradis
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During a train tour of France the landscape is recorded at regular intervals. A record of the French landscape and the landscape of the railway, in all their rural and urban diversity, explored by the camera at various speeds.

1991
France
19:20
Original language
French

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Credits

Direction
Emmanuel Avenel
Production
Emmanuel Avenel

Technical information

Color
Color
Sound
Mono

Documentation

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Commentary by Claire Valade, Film critic from Quebec :

A fundamentally experimental work, France Ferrovière is nevertheless a kind of documentary, simply because it does document the French countryside with inviting elegance. Its viewpoint is precise and circumscribed in an abstract sense (surrendering himself to the route of the train, the filmmaker's only available scenery is what can be seen from its windows). Also, in a completely concrete way, the landscapes are necessarily limited not only by the framing of the camera but by the window of the train, seen clearly in the image. The result resembles a sequence of landscape paintings in motion. A curious but strangely mesmerizing work, static yet changing, resolutely focused on the beauty of the landscape and of motion.

 

 

Keywords
Essay, Train, Window, Observation, Landscape, Journey