H - Do you know it by heart, Blanqui's phrase used as copy-and-paste in all the press releases from our association?
H - I'd say it's something like: Same monotony, same immobility (...). The universe repeats itself endlessly and paws the ground in place. In infinity, eternity performs – imperturbably – the same routines.
H - Speaking of written things, you do remember that we have to hand in the text for la belle revue; a portrait of a woman.
H - Palombella Rossa, that's been in my head since this morning, isn't that a portrait of a woman?
H - Nope, it's a film by Nanni Moretti. It's a wonderful film actually – funny, intelligent, a bit mad.
Does it mean “red woodpigeon”?
You must've seen it already. It's about communism, amnesia and water polo.
H - That's a weird synopsis.
H - Well, that's just the quick and dirty version... There's a beautiful Bruce Springsteen song in it.
"Hey little girl is your daddy home
Did he go and leave you all alone
I got a bad desire
ooh ooh ooh
I’m on fire."
H - Ah yes, I remember now. There's a very funny scene with a heart-wrenching excerpt from Doctor Jivago broadcast at the swimming pool in front of the supporters, who challenge its sad ending.
H - Yes, that's it.
H - I've seen it, but ages ago.
I like it when there are popular songs in films: Bruce Springsteen, Omar Sharif... they might bring people together more than a political discourse?
H - Did you know that Omar Sharif's real first name was Michel?
H - I don't really know what to say to that.
Getting back to the film, I’ve realised that I’m increasingly attached to artworks made of composite materials.
H - In our drawings, our work in general, it's increasingly present at any rate. Linear attempts have disappeared a bit.
H - Then again, there are two of us. I supposed it's because fragmented minds come with the territory when you’re working in tandem.
H - A film made up of flashbacks from thirty years ago and memories from the final days based on various materials, with a sketchy central character that is searching for the innocence of the utopian activism and rebellion of his lost youth – that seems like a good project.
H - That makes me think of the film Je t’aime, je t’aime by Resnais.
H - That's the tragic version of it.
Claude Rich is perfect in that film.
H - It's a shame that all the women are so terribly alike, though. It's not that true to life: same physique, same sadness, same pallor.
H - It is a science fiction film, but I agree.
Claude Ridder could've coped with some more vivid partners.
H - What will we do for the portrait of a woman in 3 000 characters for the magazine?
H - I don't know:
Valeska Gert, Pagu, Sally Ride, Karen Carpenter, Charmian Kittredge, Amelia Earhart, Emilie Davison, Ursula Bogner, Musa Guston Mayer, Sybil Seely?
H - Or there's always Delphine Seyrig, Lygia Clark, Karen Dalton, Tarpé Mills, Poto and Cabengo, Violeta Parra or Olive ?