Critic Joan Dupont went in search of filmmaker Nelly Kaplan, whom she had met at an awards ceremony in Paris over a decade ago. She was famous for one film, La Fiancée du Pirate (A Very Curious Girl, 1969), which had taken France and the international world of women's film festivals by storm. She had slipped out of sight; nobody seemed to know where she was or why. At the Cinémathèque Française, there was only a kind of embarrassment when her name was mentioned and no plan to show her films. This past year has seen a resurgence of interest in the work of Kaplan, and the restoration and rerelease of some of her work by Lobster Films. Dupont met with Kaplan at her Paris apartment to discuss past, present, and future.
Searching for Nelly Kaplan
Joan Dupont has profiled artists, writers, and filmmakers since the 1980s for the International Herald Tribune, the New York Times, Film Comment, and Film Quarterly. She has published interviews with Clint Eastwood, Edward Yang, Ann Hui, Abbas Kiarostami, Patricia Highsmith, Claude Chabrol, Eric Rohmer, Alain Resnais, Isabelle Huppert, and Juliette Binoche, among many others. She lives in Paris and New York and continues to cover film festivals for a variety of publications.
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Joan Dupont; Searching for Nelly Kaplan. Film Quarterly 1 June 2018; 71 (4): 22–32. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fq.2018.71.4.22
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