A present: Le Jeu de Marseille

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It was a long time ago, but I’m pretty sure this card game was given to me by the French author Bernard Noel on one of his visits to Geneva. We were planning a film about him with Irene Lichtenstein, which finally didn’t work out. That would have been in the eighties, at the time these cards were finally published (1983).

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The card game? Le Jeu de Marseille was created in the early 40’s by André Breton and a group of fellow Surrealists who were holed up in Marseille, fleeing from nazi-occupied France. The joker you will recognise: Ubu Roi, the hilarious character invented by Alfred Jarry.

I took the photo below of Bernard Noel when we were researching ideas and places for the film.

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