In 2015 The Centre Pompidou in Paris celebrated the centenary of Marguerite Duras’s birth with minimal means and quiet panache: an exhibit, “Duras Song,” occupied a corner of the Centre’s public library while a complete retrospective of all her films was shown in the Centre’s movie theatres. Both were well attended, and the films often sold out. This article recounts the author’s experiences with the exhibition vis-a-vis his engagement with Duras’s literary and film work within and beyond the context of the Centre Pompidou centenary.

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