A woman deals with both her lover and son, who share the same gambling problem (a cypher for queerness), while Jean Epstein’s long tracking shots and distinctive camera movements subvert the normative flow of the narrative. 1924, video, 104 minutes.
Introduction by Christophe Wall-Romana. Wall-Romana is associate professor in the Department of French and Italian at the University of Minnesota, where he is also affiliated with the new graduate major in Moving Image Studies. His research has focused on the textual intersections of French poetry and cinema, especially around the post–World War II narrative avant-garde in France. He is the author of Jean Epstein (Manchester, 2012), the first monograph in English on the filmmaker.