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By Jean-Denis Bonam


The clash between European, so-called "civilized", and Polynesian, so-called "primitive" cultures initiated contemporary art. Paul Gauguin (1843-1903) was its guide. Where did this taste of barbarism come from? Without a doubt, Peru, where Paul Gauguin was able to live his most tender youth, represented his lost paradise. We can then imagine that his wild quest is in reality a childhood quest. For him, for the artists who followed, this desire for wildness was a need to return to the primitive, in the sense of the first, the original.

A coproduction Solera Films, RFO, Carré Noir, RTBF, Les Films de la Passerelle, Le Musée d'Orsay & La Réunion des Musées Nationaux. With the participation of France Supervision, CFI. With the support of Centre National de la Cinématographie PROCIREP, Ministère des Affaires Etrangères, Ministère de la Culture, Gouvernement Territorial de Polynésie.

Technical sheet
Year: 1997
Duration: 52'
Language: French 
Direction: Jean-Denis Bonan

Cinematography: Ned Burgess
Sound: Oliver Schwob
Editing: Renee Richard
With the voices of: Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu & Christine Rist

Françoise Gazio - Solera Films
Christine Pireaux - Les Films de la Passerelle
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