Jean Genet

Un Chant D’amour by Mark Adnum talks about the only film Genet directed.
See the whole movie here -25.22min.

Here is a Genet site which is sunny and light, unusual for Genet followers who tend to emphasize his dark and deviant side.

By stretching language we’ll distort it sufficiently to wrap ourselves in it and hide. (More quotes)

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The Miracle of Jean Genet

Jean Genet was born on Dec 19, 1910, a Sagittarius with Moon in Leo, a firely combination shared by Jane Fonda. They were also friends when they both aided the Black Panther Party. Here is a description of a person with (Sagittarius/Leo combo), ” you have a love of mankind and a code that combines good judgment with a very tolerant attitude. This combination is very dedicated; dedicated to honor, prestige, and achieving stature in the world. You are intellectual philosophic, broad-minded, and highly creative. Your creativity is in the ability to form an image in your mind and then bring to reality that clear picture you envisioned. You take life seriously, with a keen sense of the importance of making the most of it. ”

Genet met Jane Fonda, who gave him her phone number; as Roger Vadim’s ex-wife and the star of several French films (including Barbarella), she was fluent in French. She was then married to New Left activist Tom Hayden, a member of the “Chicago Seven” who had named the Panthers “America’s Viet Cong.” She wished to work on a film with Genet on behalf of the Panthers, a project that was discussed but never materialized. She remembers that she and Genet got along marvellously well.
One morning Genet awakened bright and early in a strange Hollywood mansion. No one was awake. Genet couldn’t have spoken to them in any event, so he phoned Jane Fonda. She said she’d be right over to rescue him — but where was he staying? He said he had no idea. “Listen,” she said, “Go outside and look at the swimming pool, then come back to me and describe it.” Genet did as he was told and Fonda exclaimed, “Oh, you’re at Donald Sutherland’s, I’ll be right over.” :From Genet A Biography by Edmund Whit.

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Many of us are likely to have come to Genet via Sartre. Sartre’s Saint Genet was a giant leap in literature of mixing biography with literary critical analysis. Satre says, “In writing out for his pleasure the incommunicable dreams of his particularity, Genet has transformed them into exigencies of communication… Genet began to write in order to affirm his solitude, to be self-sufficient, and it was the writing itself that, by its problems, gradually led him to seek readers.” (Jean-Paul Sartre in Saint Genet, 1963) “I did not write my books for the liberation of the homosexual. I wrote my books for another reason altogether — out of a taste for words, out of a taste for commas, even punctuation, out of a taste for the sentence. ”