40 days
62'
France, 1991

Production : INA



Synopsis


For this literary interview, Bernard Rapp met the philosopher of language, novelist and literary critic George Steiner, whose book “Réelles Présences. L'Art du Sens” had just been published. Steiner was from an Eastern European Jewish family – he was rootless but had “legs to run” across the world, and spoke seven languages. This interview gave him an opportunity to talk about his work, his life, his interests and his commitments.

Tënk's opinion


Can Tënk screen an interview in a form so obviously made for television? In this case, yes! The words of George Steiner, the professor of literature who was extremely influential in the last two decades of the 20th century, still resonate powerfully with us today. The mystery of languages and belonging, culture’s impotence in the face of barbarism, the madness of art and creation – these are the terminals that electrify his words for an hour.
There’s “not much to see” in this stiff, bourgeois setting… but the passion for truth that drove Steiner, his talent for telling stories, the beauty of his metaphors, and his thoughts that become “images” break through the meagre television image.

Arnaud Lambert
Director


Authors


Jean-Luc Leridon

Jean-Luc Leridon

Bernard Rapp

Bernard Rapp

Born in Lyon, Jean-Luc Leridon (1933-2017) started out as an actor and stage director. He won first prize at Lyon’s Conservatoire d'Art Dramatique and played at the Théâtre des Célestins and in Roger Planchon’s troupe. Between 1967 and 2002, he directed television shows including “Apostrophes” “L'Heure de Vérité” and “Les Dossiers de l'Ecran”.