How Much I love You

  • Combien Je Vous Aime
Genre : Political
Type : Documentary
Original title :
Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv, History/society, Intercultural/migrations
Year of production : 1985
Format : Feature
Running time : 105 (in minutes)
Film Black & white

Using archive images, notably French television news, the author paints a vitriolic portrait of French colonization in Algeria, with a lot of humor and irony. Subversive and brilliant archive montage, How Much I Love You is not a film about history but about discourse. A discourse which is necessarily built on a reality stubbornly refusing its perversion. A speech disavowed by History.

This is why the chronology does not matter, nor even the facts really. Twenty-five years later, this speech, these images say for themselves everything that they set out precisely not to say.

This film by the late Azzeddine Meddour will remain "an anthology piece for its way of dynamiting the colonial image, western music illustrating scenes of raking, good natives playing jazz instead of a traditional tune, without forgetting an advertisement for time for the Dop shampoos used by the troufions." Joëlle Stoltz.

Algeria / Documentary / 1985 / 1h45 / 35 mm / Color / VOST * Director and screenplay: Azzeddine Meddour
Comment: Abdelkader Alloula
Image: Mohamed Aram, Rachid Bencheikh, Ahmed Habba Editing: Nacer Sahraoui
Production: Algerian Radio Television
Distribution: Mounia Meddour People -


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