André S. Labarthe

(Updated on 11/06/2012)
Andre S. Labarthe à la Cinémathèque française

André S. Labarthe (born 18 December 1931) is a French actor, writer and director.  He worked alongside Janine Bazin to produce a collection of portraits of directors, artists, Cinéma, de notre temps. The first episode was aired in 1964. Later, a second collection, Cinéastes de notre temps, extended their original undertaking. Labarthe has filmed numerous directors including Raoul Walsh, Jean-Luc Godard, Shirley Clarke, Nanni Moretti, Luis Bunuel, Jean-Pierre Melville, John Ford, John Cassavettes, choreographers such as Sylvie Guillem, Ushio Amagatsu, William Forsythe, Carolyn Carlson; painters including Wassily Kandinski, Robert Rauschenberg, Vincent Van Gogh, Roy Lichtenstein, Antoni Tàpies; and writers - Antonin Artaud, Jean Reverzy, Bruno Schulz, Georges Bataille and many more.

He is also a film critic and essayist as well as an odd memorialist and aphorism-maker, an ironic moralist and a very digressive character. "The disparate, he reveals, is part of my nature."

Listen to a radio interview (in French) with Andre S. Labarthe on Radio France

A selection of films from Labarthe's 'Cineastes de notre temps' series was presented at Lincoln Center, October 2012, as part of the New York Film Festival in partnership with INA and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.


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