THE DREAMERS (2003) dir. Bernardo Bertolucci

THE DREAMERS is set against the background of the ’68 Paris student riots, and tells the story of a young American studying in Paris in 1968 who strikes up a friendship with a French brother and sister, Theo and Isabelle, who each share a love of film, and together become sexually entwined.

'Band of Outsiders' (1964, Godard) and 'The Dreamers' (2003)

Bernardo Bertolucci‘s THE DREAMERS is an ode to French New Wave Cinema (La Nouvelle Vague), a term coined by critics describing a group of French filmmakers of the late 1950s and 1960s and their approach to the film form, taking it in more natural and experimental directions and telling stories with more narrative ambiguity; a general break from the conservative paradigm. THE DREAMERS makes reference and homage to many films, and like the novel the screenplay was adapted from (by the actual author), it is like a cinephile’s wet dream.

The copy illustrated is the 1989 E. P Dutton first US edition - 'The Holy Innocents' is an excruciatingly expensive first edition, particularly for a novel published in 1988The film is based on the novel “The Holy Innocents” (1988) by Gilbert Adair (1944~2011), and is about incestuous siblings and the stranger who enters their world. Its themes were inspired by Jean Cocteau’s novel Les Enfants Terribles (The Holy Terrors) and by the film of the same name directed by Jean-Pierre Melville. I have a feeling I may end up reading it some day (both editions).

I used to stay up late during my teen years and watch television well into the early hours of the morning until it lullabied me to sleep, and for some reason, really interesting movies used to play during those silent hours of the night. The story I tell myself is, whoever was working at the television station at the time must have had good taste. THE DREAMERS was one of those films I saw when I was too young to understand much nuance, but resonated with me on a mature level I appreciated. I still think it is one of the most effortlessly cool films I have ever seen, and I say that in a very personal type of way, like, to watch THE DREAMERS with someone else in the room would have ruined its aesthetic emotion somehow. The film is very sexy, and I get a peculiar sense of isolation and longing whenever I watch it.

~ by Fionnlagh on October 7, 2015.

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