Jean-Louis Comolli
(France)

Jean-Louis Comolli (born 30 July 1941) is a French writer, editor, and film director. He was editor in chief of Cahiers du cinéma from 1966 to 1978, during which period he wrote the influential essays "Machines of the Visible" (1971) and "Technique and Ideology: Camera, Perspective, Depth of Field" (1971-2), both of which have been translated in English anthologies of film and media studies. This work was important in the discussion on apparatus theory, an attempt to rethink cinema as a site for the production and maintenance of dominant state ideology in the wake of May 1968.

After his tenure at Cahiers, Comolli continued his work as a director and has since published numerous works on film theory, documentary, and jazz. He currently teaches film theory at FEMIS, PARIS 8th and Barcelona.

In the spring of 2008, Comolli was invited to the Visions du réel documentary film festival in Nyon, Switzerland, where he developed his theory of documentary cinema.

Filmography
Le Peintre, le poète et l'historien
2005
Les Esprits du Koniambo
2004
Rêves de France à Marseille
2003
Durruti, portrait d'un anarchiste
2000
La Question des alliances
1997
Nos deux Marseillaises
1997
Marseille contre Marseille
1996
Georges Delerue
1995
Jeune fille au livre
1994
Marseille en mars
1993
La Campagne de Provence
1992
Marseille de père en fils - Ombres sur la ville
1989
Marseille de père en fils - Coup de mistral
1989
Pétition
1987
Le Bal d'Irène
1986
Balles perdues
1983
L'Ombre rouge
1981
La Cecilia
1975
Comme je te veux
1969
Les deux Marseillaises
1968

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