The Oscar has been awarded to the Australian director, “The Power of the Dog.” The opportunity to delve into the beautiful album recently published by “les Cahiers du cinema”.
Alors que « The Power of the Dog », sur Netflix, won the Oscar for best director on the night of March 27 to 28, this magnificent, richly illustrated album (300 photos) covers the career of Jane Campion, the unclassifiable Australian filmmaker, from start to finish, through interviews conducted by Michel Ciment , mainstay of the magazine “Positif” and the show “Le Masque et la Plume”.
From “Sweetie”, (1989), to “Bright Star”, (2009), through “the Piano Lesson”, (1993) and then “In the Cut”, (2003), a red thread is emerging, within an elegant work and out of fashion: the hunt for a “psychic and sensual autonomy”, continued in stylized and unexpected narratives (the “Top of the Lake” series is the perfect example). Michel Ciment puts it so well:
Jane Campion, a nine-film veteran, has managed to earn her place among the top ten. It was as if she had overcome an abusive childhood and lost her parents too soon. In response, she developed a rebellious spirit and a fierce independence, the hallmark of her cinema which, at bottom, is a journey of self-discovery (isn’t that the heroine’s obsession with ” Portrait of a woman”?). Michel Ciment, author authoritative monographs (“Kazan by Kazan”, “Rosi File”, “Losey’s Book”, and “Kubrick “…), highlight the heart of Campion’s cinema. He often quotes his favourite poet, Keats. « Beauty is truth, truth is beauty. » Every page in this book is a reflection of beauty and truth.
An updated version of an article published by “L’OBS”, March 17, 2022.