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Le Diable probablement

November 5, 2007

One of my favourite passages in film history, yet not a very well known.

Charles’s dialogue with his psychiatrist from Robert Bresson’s Le Diable Probablement (The Devil, Probably, 1977) reads like a poem of disillusionment.

In Charles’s life education, physical love, religion, psychanalysis, one by one, are rejected. Politics too.

“Governments are short sighted…” announces a bus passenger. Another says not to blame governments, “it’s the masses who determine events”. Someone then asks, “So, who is it that makes a mockery of humanity? Who’s leading us by the nose?” And the first man replies with subtle irony “The Devil, probably…”

Few years ago, a series of my photos (see an example below) were inspired by this film.



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