Isidore Isou arrived in Paris from Romania in 1945 where he founded the Letteriste movement and published many books. Letterism attempted to break down poetry into letters and syllables, and then all arts into their constituent parts, to build up new languages for each art form. Le traité de bave et d'eternité (On Venom and Eternity) was the first Lettrist film manifesto. Isou brought it uninvited to the Cannes Film Festival (1951) where it created a scandal, but won the audience prize for the avant-garde. Jean Cocteau's poster promoted the 1952 release on the Champs-Elysees. The film is Isou's revolt against cinema: the sound and the picture are purposefully unrelated, and the images are destroyed by bleach and scratched. The film is a landmark work that prefigured the letterist and situationist cinema to come and influenced many experimental filmmakers.
"The spectator must leave the cinema blind, his ears chushed, both torn asunder by this disjunction of word and image. The rupture between language and photography will form what I call DISCREPANT CINEMA. I hereby announce the manifesto of discrepant cinema!" - Isidore Isou
"The greatest filmmaker of all time... ISOU is the leader of our generation." - Maurice Lemaitre
"Thanks to Isou I realized that what was important in art was not the beautiful, but the new, the creation." - Ben
This is the first authorized edition of the original version and trailer, mastered in HD from the 35mm internegative restored by the French National Film Archives Soundtrack remastered by Frederic Acquaviva.
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52 page booklet with text by Frederique Devaux about the film and its history.