La Maison de la Radio

La Maison de la Radio


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La Maison de la Radio (2013)

Opened: 09/04/2013 Limited

Film Forum/NYC09/04/2013 - 09/17/201314 days

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Genre: French Documentary (French w/English subtitles)

Rated: Unrated


A journey into the heart of Radio France to discover what usually escapes our gaze: the mysteries and the wings of a media whose very matter, sound, remains invisible.

Director's Statement

One reason why so many people, myself included, love radio - but I didn't realize this until long after I started to love it - has to do with the lack of images, the invisible nature of those who talk on it, just as the innumerable places it takes us to remain invisible. An invisibility that allows us to imaginarily identify with those who speak and which, without our having to leave home, allows us to travel on land, sea, in every strata of society, in every sphere of thought and human activity. But the radio is also our collective memory. Voices that we are familiar with, jingles, songs we know by heart, totally carefree moments, "slots" that shape our daily lives and ritualize them. And sometimes, it's just a backdrop that we do not listen to, a friendly, reassuring presence while we are doing something else.

-- Nicolas Philibert, June 2010