In a small fishermen’s village in the Azores, an enormous whale is being jointed, carved and stocked. Once this task is over, the whalers ready themselves for another hunt, a fascinating but trying and dangerous experience.
Scripted by his friend Chris Marker, this compelling debut short documentary from director Mario Ruspoli combines eye-opening 16mm footage with Marker’s always-insightful commentary. On initial release in 1958, Les hommes de la baleine found two welcome champions in Eric Rohmer and André Bazin!
Guy Maddin, 2007, Canada
Alain Resnais, 1956, France
Dziga Vertov, 1929, Soviet Union
Chris Marker, 1983, France
Chris Marker, 1962, France
Mickael Kummer, 2007, France
Jia Zhangke, 2008, China
Robert J. Flaherty, 1922, United States
Louis Malle, 1985, United States
Éric Rohmer, 1963, France