Albert Camus's “The Human Crisis” read by Viggo Mortensen, 70 years later

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    Columbia Maison FrançaiseColumbia Maison Française

    00:20 Introduction by Shanny Peer, Director of the Maison Française
    05:35 Introduction by Alice Kaplan, Professor of Yale University
    11:50 Reading of 'The Human Crisis' by Viggo Mortensen
    56:50 Discussion with Viggo Mortensen, Alice Kaplan and Souleymane Bachir Diagne

    On April 28, 2016 a reading by Viggo Mortensen of a speech by Albert Camus, and roundtable discussion with Viggo Mortensen, Alice Kaplan and Souleymane Bachir Diagne

    Albert Camus originally delivered this lecture on “La Crise de l’homme” on March 28, 1946, to a very full house at the McMillin Academic Theatre at Columbia University, on his first and only trip to the United States. 70 years later, to celebrate Camus’s visit to New York and Columbia, his lecture will be delivered in a dramatic reading by the actor Viggo Mortensen, in a version newly translated into English by Alice Kaplan.

    The event will be introduced by Shanny Peer and by Alice Kaplan, who will share new research from her forthcoming book, Looking for the Stranger: Albert Camus and the Life of a Literary Classic, to bring alive Camus’ U.S. visit and provide a context for his lecture. After the reading, Bachir Diagne and Alice Kaplan will be joined by Viggo Mortensen for a panel discussion about Albert Camus’ influence, his impressions of the U.S., and his reception in this country as a leading voice of the postwar generation of French intellectuals.

    Participants: Viggo Mortensen has consistently earned acclaim for his work in a wide range of films. Some of these include Jauja, Loin des hommes, The Two Faces of January, A Dangerous Method, The Road, Eastern Promises, Appaloosa, A History of Violence, and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. He has received various nominations and awards from groups including the Screen Actors Guild, the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Apart from acting in movies and plays, Mortensen is a poet, photographer, and painter. He founded and is the editor of Perceval Press, an independent publishing house specializing in poetry, photography, painting, and critical writing.

    Souleymane Bachir Diagne is Professor of Philosophy and French and Chair, Department of French, Columbia University.

    Alice Kaplan is the John M. Musser Professor of French and chair of the Department of French at Yale University.

    This event is organized in partnership with The Albert Camus Estate and is part of a series of events taking place in New York on the theme of "Camus : A Stranger in the City" (March 26 - April 19 / @camusnyc2016) commemorating the 70th year anniversary of Camus’ visit to the United States.

    If you want to see the Q&A with Viggo Mortensen about the movie Far from Men, a video is available here: de-film.com/v-video-GE3Ux2on5B0.htmlm20s

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Engine Upkeep
Engine Upkeep

Viggo was perfectly cast as Aragorn. He is incredibly, flawlessly masculine with a tender, kind and moral heart

chrisbasile
chrisbasile

Albert Camus delivered this lecture on “La Crise de l’homme” in 1946 at Columbia University, on his only trip to the United States. The lecture itself is from

Vor 3 years
A MaC
A MaC

I believe that Camus was once quoted as saying " there are many things worth dying for but nothing worth killing for " I always found that a powerful statement.

adam s
adam s

Lecture starts at

Vor 5 years
Rosetta Stoned🔥
Rosetta Stoned🔥

What's good about Viggo reading this is that he is genuinely interested and is a regular sort of guy - the kind of intellectual Camus was trying to touch always. And for this he has a great non pretentious speaking voice - this is so very important, don't you agree - it's good that he's nervous.

steven schararth
steven schararth

To be able to have access to presentations such as this is truly one of the great gifts of our times.

Sandra Carlson
Sandra Carlson

Viggo is a phenomenal human being. We are fortunate to have this multi talented individual share his talents with the world.

Cara Mason
Cara Mason

“ The beast is dead but the venom isn’t gone “

The Zigzagman
The Zigzagman

It's so blessedly cathartic to know that someone else got it. That someone else recognized the value in an imperfect struggle towards utopia. That another person understood the dehumanizing nature of bureaucracy and the way that systems strive at all times to pit some of us against the rest to keep us separated in our hearts and minds.

Nobody's fool
Nobody's fool

Truly wonderful. A rare reminder of how the Internet can bring enlightenment in this celebrity obsessed age of reality tv, video games and super hero movies. Thank you.

Vor 5 years
jimmythethird
jimmythethird

It’s incredible how a lot of what he’s talking about from 80 years ago seems so similar to today like how indifferent people are to others suffering and how everyone has an urge of rebellion

Christina Frascona
Christina Frascona

“We still haven’t left absurdities behind”. Beautiful written, beautifully read.

Bill McCabe
Bill McCabe

Magnificently poignant, a timeless literary work of art. Camus' words not only captures the mind but the very soul. Amazingly relevant today as it was when first spoken in 1946.

Ellie Lindsey
Ellie Lindsey

and now I'm going to go read as many as the works of Camus as possible. Thanks for this!!

Vor 4 years
JAM McGuire
JAM McGuire

"Beauty is unbearable, drives us to despair, offering us for a minute the glimpse of an eternity that we should like to stretch out over the whole of time "

typower9
typower9

I really recommend watching the award-winning documentary from the Cizik School of Nursing in Houston, Texas, 'Caring Corrupted: The Killing Nurses of the Third Reich'. It should be required viewing for anyone studying nursing or medicine. Actually everyone needs to see it! There are so many parallels to what is happening now and where it is heading.

Eric Zhou
Eric Zhou

It's amazing to hear Viggo, the lead actor of Captain Fantastic, to mount a deep reflection on the Western modernity and its failures.

Orion26
Orion26

Incredibly poignant talk. As relevant today, as it was then. Has humanity learned nothing since? The world stands at a crossroads once again.

Vor year
Mimamsa
Mimamsa

Albert Camus will always be my favourite author. Honesty is everything.

DAN S
DAN S

Viggo is a proud product of Watertown in Northern New York. He is also a graduate of St Lawrence University. What you see is what you get with this man and it is so fitting that he is reading Camus’s work. Viggo is a very kind, unassuming, a truly down to earth and very intelligent gentleman to say nothing of his amazing performances as an actor. Thank you Viggo. We in the North Country are so proud of you. God Bless!

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