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Directed by Alain Resnais

France 1959 19 mins. In French

Written by acclaimed essayist Raymond Queneau, THE SONG OF STYRENE, commissioned by French plastics giant Péchiney, is ostensibly an investigation into the positive properties of plastics. However, when filtered through Resnais’s uniquely philosophical style of filmmaking, the film takes on a subversively fantastic tone.



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