Master filmmaker Jean-Marie Straub continues his exploration of classic texts with this "collaboration" with the great 16th-century writer of the Essais.
Un Conte de Michel de Montaigne
Playing as part of Un Conte de Michel de Montaigne and The King's Body and Redemption
"Que scais-je?" (What do I know?)"
— Michel de Montaigne, Les Essais
"When the legend becomes fact, print the legend."
— from John Ford's The Man who Shot
Liberty Valence (1962)
In the first of this trio of films that slyly
probe history's mark upon our contemporary
moment, master filmmaker Jean-Marie
Straub continues his exploration of classic
texts in a "collaboration" with celebrated sixteenth-
century writer Michel de Montaigne.
Featuring a passage from Beethoven,
recitations from Montaigne's Essais (II, 6)
and appearances by the author himself (in
monumental form), Un Conte de Michel de
Montaigne draws incisive parallels between
Montaigne's era and today — both periods of
extraordinary transition, rampant corruption
and instability, but also ones of great
scientific discovery and profound transformations
in human perception.