De grands événements et des gens ordinaires (1979) AKA Of Great Events and Ordinary People


In 1978, Ruiz was commissioned to make a television documentary about the French elections from the viewpoint of a Chilean exile in the 11th arrondissement. But, contrary to the producers’ expectation, the Left lost. Ruiz seized on this anti-climax to make a documentary about nothing except itself – a film whose central subject is forever lost in digression and ‘dispersal’, harking back to his Chilean experiments of the ’60s. It is the best, and certainly the funniest, of self-reflexive deconstructions of the documentary form. Ruiz drolly exaggerates every hare-brained convention of TV reportage, from shot/reverse shot ‘suture’ and talking-head experts to establishing shots and vox pops (narrator’s note to himself: “Include street interviews ad absurdum”.) 

Director: Raoul Ruiz. AKA Of Great Events and Ordinary People


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  1. James558
    December 5, 2019

    This may be an interesting watch. Thanks for all of these obscure films, so many forgotten treasures!

  2. Lucas
    April 19, 2024

    is there any chance of a reupload?

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