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Showroom Summer Season – Un Homme Qui Dort

Join the Showroom and Dr. Chris Hall from Sheffield Hallam University online on 5 August for a talk uncovering Georges Perec's quiet masterpiece Un Homme Qui Dort.

The 1974 black and white Parisian film traces the descent of one man from mere boredom through alienation into terror.

"It’s very difficult to discuss any of Perec's work without first introducing the elusive and precious man himself. So, we won’t try. We’ll be exploring the man, some of his wider works and how they feed into Un Homme Qui Dort.

Looked at through a contemporary lens the themes of depression and mental illness are obvious but hailing, as it does, from an era of left-bank culture where alienation and detachment were cool and aspirational, there are other undiscovered aspects to the film that are worthy of our attention.

There will be risks, we may get in trouble, but that’s how we know it’s an adventure."

Un Homme Qui Dort is available to stream for free on YouTube here.

The talk is free – register in advance.

Donations to support the Showroom cinema are welcome.

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