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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Dead Time (Fr:Les Temps Morts, 1964) is a French language short subject directed by René Laloux, with texts Jacques Sternberg and original drawings by Roland Topor. Produced by Samy Halfon, The music is by Alain Goraguer and the voice-over by Roland Dubillard.


"Somewhere, in a sparsely populated galaxy, there is a world like any other. The creatures of this world have four limbs. The two lower limbs enable them to move forward and backward, and the two upper limbs allow them to kill. . . The killers judge the killers, and the dead rise up to offer their executioners' heads to other executioners. The world is in fact a vicious circle. 'Father, I blame myself for being man.' 'I forgive you, my son.'"
"Je m'accuse, mon père, d'avoir été un homme. -Je vous pardonne, mon fils."


What is man? Man makes war, man kills man, man hunts, man is executed. A montage mixing documentary photography with original drawings by Roland Topor.

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