Time After Time: The Films of Alain Resnais

Le Chant du Styrène

Alain Resnais

Playing as part of Short Films by Alain Resnais

Resnais transformed this industrial film commissioned by a plastics company into one of the most dazzling shorts ever made: a "spoken opera" with a text (in alexandrines!) by poet Raymond Queneau, shot in CinemaScope and evoking the exhilarating, stylized movement of Astaire & Rogers dance numbers. The result is as crisp, jaunty, and odd as a Poulenc syrinx.

Print courtesy of the Institut français.


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