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Nurturing my flair for learning


My first real book
Jean-Claude Carrière Film-maker
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The first real book as such that I held in my hands, was  the book for the Mass - meaning the Missal - for the Mass that the priest carries across from one side to the other, turning its page with respect, and contains the holy Catholic texts, in particular the Gospels. That book, yes, I respect it, we were putting it away in a particular cupboard in the sacristy, and we knew the words it contains by heart, which were prayers. Yes, so that was one of the first books I gave some importance to. That’s true.

Le premier livre digne de ce nom que j’ai tenu entre mes mains, c’est le livre qui servait à dire la messe, c’est-à-dire c’est le missel de l’office de la messe que le prêtre porte d’un coté à l’autre, dont il tourne avec respect des pages et qui contient les textes sacrés du catholicisme et en particulier les Évangiles. Ce livre là, oui, je le considère avec un certain respect, nous le rangions dans un certain placard de la sacristie et les paroles qu’il contenait nous les connaissions par cœur, c’étaient en réalité des prières. Oui, ça c’est un des premiers livres auquel j’ai attaché une certaine importance. C’est vrai.

French screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière (1931-2021) began his association with films aged 24 when he was selected by Jacques Tati to write for him. This early experience led to further contact with other film-makers, including Luis Buñuel with whom Carrière collaborated for many years. He wrote screenplays for films including Belle de Jour, The Discreet Charms of the Bourgeoisie, Tin Drum and Danton.

Listeners: Andrzej Wolski

Film director and documentary maker, Andrzej Wolski has made around 40 films since 1982 for French television, the BBC, TVP and other TV networks. He specializes in portraits and in historical films. Films that he has directed or written the screenplay for include Kultura, which he co-directed with Agnieszka Holland, and KOR which presents the history of the Worker’s Defence Committee as told by its members. Andrzej Wolski has received many awards for his work, including the UNESCO Grand Prix at the Festival du Film d’Art.

Tags: Gospels

Duration: 43 seconds

Date story recorded: January 2010

Date story went live: 26 July 2010