De/Constituting WholesTowards Partiality Without PartsVienna: Turia + Kant, 2017
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Cite as: Marcus Coelen, ‘An Eclipse of the Screen: Jorge Semprún’s Scripts for Alain Resnais’, in De/Constituting Wholes: Towards Partiality Without Parts, ed. by Christoph F. E. Holzhey and Manuele Gragnolati, Cultural Inquiry, 11 (Vienna: Turia + Kant, 2017), pp. 215–37 <>

An Eclipse of the ScreenJorge Semprún’s Scripts for Alain ResnaisMarcus CoelenORCID

Keywords: Eclipses; Semprún, Jorge; Resnais, Alain; Film scripts; Screenwriting; Scenarios; Cinematography; Wholeness

The film script is a challenging entity for criticism. Its destiny is to disappear, its function to contribute to the production of a screen of image, music, and voice, behind which it dissolves and is forgotten. Film scripts are in principle not meant to be read. Nor are they meant to be inscribed directly into our archives and libraries. They are transient and ‘functional’.


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