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La Main et l'Esprit

La Main et l’Esprit

Thomas Johnson

France | 2007 | 46 min
The camera follows Henry Bauchau (19132012) as he creates the art edition of Pierre sans chagrin, his major poetic work. He reveals the structure and intricacies of the piece, taking us to the very heart of his language, which is illustrated by calligrapher Albert Palma. Their search
for the right word and gesture reflect their desire to find an internal coherence, a breath and rhythm leading to the inexpressible. Through this meeting of artistic minds, held amidst the stones of the Cistercian Thoronet Abbey in southern France, the film reflects the influence of East and West on the notions of body and soul.
Director Thomas Johnson
Script Thomas Johnson
Production Thomas Johnson
Participation Henri Bauchau, Albert Palma, Maya Palma, Patrick Bauchau
Editing Jérôme Legrand
Narration Patrick Bauchau, Henry Bauchau, Albert Palma
Sound Graziella Barrault, Maya Rosa
Cinematography Katell Djian
Music Arthur H., David Hykes


Thomas Johnson

Thomas Johnson

Born in Grenoble, Thomas Johnson started a career as a journalist and reporter for the magazine Actuel. In 1992, he started directing documentary films that are broadcasted on all major TV channels. He also wrote and directed La Bataille de Tchernobyl, awards-winning documentary (Italia Prize, BANFF, Best of Input). He works presently on Mindscape Vision, a web-canal about humanities and arts.

Biographies have been provided by third parties.
SOS Santé pour tous (2016) ; Tapie et la République (2015) ; L’Ombre de Staline (2013) ; 30 ans de guerre au nom de Dieu (2011) ; Nucléaire en alerte (2009) ; La Bataille de Tchernobyl (2007) ; Les Derniers Jours d’Indira Gandhi (2006) ; Les Derniers Jours de Diane Fossey (2006) ; La Main et l’Esprit (2006) ; Homo Sapiens, une nouvelle histoire de l’Homme (2005) ; La Leçon des grands singes (1999).

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