Aubervilliers, Eli Lotar, 1945

All Roads Lead to Aubervilliers (1945): Eli Lotar and Social Documentary in France

Lecture by Steven Ungar
Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 5:00pm

Professor Steven Ungar (Departments of French and Italian, and Cinema and Comparative Literature, University of Iowa) situates Eli Lotar’s 1945 documentary short, Aubervilliers, among practices of socially committed filmmaking in France between 1928 and 1962.  The first part traces Lotar’s involvement with photography, the illustrated press, and film in Paris starting in the late 1920s.The second conducts a slow reading of the 1945 film.  The conclusion considers a series of photos by Lotar published in three print venues between 1929 and 1931. 

Preceded by a screening of Aubervilliers (Eli Lotar, 1945, France, DVD, 22 min).

Co-sponsored by the France Chicago Center.