Raoul Ruiz (1941-2011) is a world-famous filmmaker, but his filmography has been labyrinthic and the information we have on his work is still very incomplete and often erroneous. There is a tendency to reduce Ruiz’s production to the best-known films of his last period (Trois vies et une seule mort/Three Lives and Only One Death, Généalogies d’un crime/Genealogies of a Crime, Le Temps retrouvé/Time Regained, his famous Proust adaptation, Les Mystères de Lisbonne/Mysteries of Lisbonne). However, from the very beginning of his career in Chili, he has been the author of many remarkable works. The present volume, rigorously composed and lavishly illustrated, will finally give the opportunity to discover a major body of work of modern cinema.
In his conversations with Benoît Peeters, Ruiz talks of his trajectory in a passionate as well as paradoxical way. At the same time, the appears as a profound and thought-provoking thinker on film and art. The book contains also an in-depth portrait of the artist by Guy Scarpetta, who completes this presentation with a comprehensive yet very didactic analysis of nine of the most important films by Ruiz.
In this richly illustrated book one will find also interviews with many actors and actresses having worked with Ruiz (Anne Alvaro, Feodor Atkine, Arielle Dombasle, Jacques Pieiller, Melvil Poupaud, Edith Scob, Christian Vadim, Elsa Zylberstein) as well as with his wife, the filmmaker Valeria Sarmiento.