Mario Ruspoli, Prince of the Whales
Directed by Florence Dauman • Documentary • With Richard Leacock,
Albert Maysles • 2011 • 76 minutes
Dauman, whose father was a lifelong friend and producer of Ruspoli’s, uses her privileged perspective to produce an intimate portrait of this revolutionary but often overlooked artist. The result, a film that caused Chris Marker to exclaim “Finally, the tribute he deserved,” draws on a treasury of relics provided by Ruspoli’s widow, Dominique, as well as the testimonials of friends and admirers including Richard Leacock, D.A. Pennebaker, Albert Maysles, and many more. Establishing Ruspoli’s proper place in film history, it's a memorial deeply stamped with the personality of its inimitable subject, a eulogy told with love by a friend.