Books: Cochard and Cornette and Jürg are on the menu

Cinema, TV series, Ukraine: what to read this weekend?

Published today at 3:16 p.m.

In lost time

Critical Do you know how many minutes of your life you have spent watching series? Bertrand Cochard did the calculations and the result is far from pleasing him. In “Vide on demand”, this repentant serivore and doctor of philosophy from Nice criticizes the way in which these episodes, often consumed in succession, watching us in front of our screens, have taken over our so-called free time and the stories that construct our imaginations.

Loaded with pop references (“Game of Thrones” in the lead) and philosophical references (Plato, Marx and Debord in the first line), this exercise in clearing up will especially enlighten those who have never questioned their own consumption of streamed programs or television and the technological-economic system in which they are part. Others will especially remember the author’s exasperation with these cogs. And they will ask themselves: what to do but press the “off” button? (LGL)

“Void on demand – Series review”, Bertrand Cochard, L’Échappée, 176 p.

A film that never existed


comics This is the film that could have made movie buffs fantasize. In 1929, director Georg Wilhem Pabst was at the peak of his career. He filmed “Loulou”, with Louise Brooks, and will soon adapt for the screen “The Threepenny Opera”, a play written by Bertolt Brecht and set to music by Kurt Weill. What if, in the meantime, he had undertaken the first sound film in Europe, outside the studio, on a liner crossing the Atlantic? Screenwriter keen on 7e art, Jean-Luc Cornette imagines a lively fiction around the shooting of a film that will never see the light of day.

Too bad: in the cast of “Feuer und Eis”, there would have been Louise Brooks, Marlène Dietrich, Charles Vanel and the African-American singer Adelaide Hall. With a deliberately retro design and soft colors, Jürg sketches this forward tracking shot on a film that never existed. Between wounded egos, freedom of morals and betrayals, a very attractive closed door. (PMU)

“Fire and Ice”, Cornette and Jürg. Ed. Futuropolis, 88 p.

Ukraine and the Republic of Oligarchs


Essay Former correspondent in kyiv for the “Tribune de Genève”, Sébastien Gobert is a fine connoisseur of this country plunged into war since 2014. In this book, he explains how the democratic experience of Ukraine, decided to leave the bosom of Russia was built on the appropriation of industries by oligarchic, sometimes mafia-like clans, as elsewhere in the former Soviet republics.

But Ukraine has a particularity: a vigorous political pluralism was nourished by competition between oligarchs while the Orange and Maidan revolutions were first motivated by a rejection of the corruption of these new elites. We also learn that the eastern clans, often presented as pro-Russian, when the west would be pro-European, have long led the modern state turned towards the West, born from the collapse of the USSR. (OBO)

“Ukraine, the Republic and the oligarchs: understanding the Ukrainian system”, Sébastien Gobert, Ed. Tallandier, 352 p.


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