Marguerite as She Was
Le Navire Night • 1h 0m
Directed by Dominique Auvray • Documentary • With Marguerite Duras, Jeanne Balibar • 2003 • 61 minutes
Marguerite Duras (1914-1996) - best-known as the author of The Lover and for the screenplay for Hiroshima, Mon Amour (the classic 1960 New Wave film directed by Alain Resnais) - was one of the most prolific, controversial, and renowned cultural figures in post-war France. Between 1943 (when she published her first book) and 1995 (when she published her last - That's All), Duras directed 19 films and wrote more than 70 novels, plays, movies and adaptations.
A friend of Duras, Dominique Auvray was also the editor of three of her films: Baxter, Vera Baxter (1976), Le Camion (1977) and Le Navire Night (1978). Given access to an amazing breadth of archival materials, photographs, television interviews, extracts from Duras' films, and home movies from the 1950's through the 1990's, Auvray has crafted a personal portrait of the woman.