Unpaginated (54 pp.) volume produced in conjunction with the 1949 French film festival, organized by the film club "Objectif 49", under the presidency of Jean Cocteau, with the help of of Cinematheque Française, with a jury composed of Cocteau, René Clément, Jean Grémillon, Raymong Queneau, Alexandre Astruc, and Claude Mauriac, each of whom contributed a text to the catalog program, with illustrations and vignettes by Arthur Rimbaud, Pablo Picasso, Victor Hugo, Charles Baudelaire, Cocteau, and others, and reproductions from photographs. Some extremely minor toning to a few pages. Oblong 8vo. Original tie-bound wrpps., very minor dust-staining. Paris (Editions Mazarine) 1949.
The term 'film maudit' ("cursed film") was coined for the legendary 1949 Festival du Film Maudit, held in Biarritz and organized by a group of writers, filmmakers, and critics united under the label "Nouvelle Critique". A jury led by Jean Cocteau curated and honored a group of films thought of as overlooked at the time. The term was also applied to a number of deliberately shocking and outré films at the festival. In writing about the festival, Cocteau said, "The time has come to honor the masterpieces of film art which have been buried alive, and to sound the alrm. Cinema must free itself from slavery just like the many courageous people who are currently striving to achieve their freedom. Art which is inaccessible to young people will never be art." The festival had long-lasting effects on the intellectual appreciation of film and helped created the phenomenon of French cinephilia. Scarce; as of December 2019, WorldCat locates only three copies of this volume in North American institutions. Book ID: 50459