Alain Resnais
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In any film, a shot change in a succession of images is a rupture even if it is used to constitute a continuity as is mostly the case. In Alain Resnais's films continuity is almost never the object of shot changes. In the classical system, the shot is effaced on behalf of the whole into which it is integrated. No shot in his films is singular. It contains all manner of similitudes and paths and into which it can enter and depart, like Carlos, like exterior voices, like an image that then multiplies into images like it, of women, of desire, of losses. Carlos is a refugee from Franco's Spain and a professional revolutionary seeking to overthrow the Spanish dictatorship. La Guerre est finie is a film that takes place in an instant in an interval between two rivers, two crossings, and two lives.


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