Le Berceau De Cristal
I made an aesthetic work because I think that there are ugly things and still beautiful things. I like better to make images that aesthetically delight my eyes.
For me, cinema is the moment when I find myself again, I mean that when I am really lost and that my unconscious is overflowing more than it ought to be, I begin to shoot if I have a camera beside me and am again aware to exist. I shall not then do anything absurd as slitting my wrists above my sink.
I always thought that art was subjective and that objectivity in this matter is impossible – that’s what I never tried this way. One must not think that an artist is someone who will come and take the place you are waiting for, that the artist can be of any help…
Of one thing I am absolutely sure : art is useless.
Philippe Garrel directed his first film Marie pour mémoire in 1967. Influenced by Jean-Luc Godard and the Velvet Underground, he directed Nico, the Rock icon, in the cult film La Cicatrice intérieure, in 1971. He has directed more than 25 films, which often relate to the youth of the 60’s protest, to which he belonged.