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The Passenger or the search for identity (FW31)

THE BIG SEARCH

MICHAEL MAZIERE
THE BIG SEARCH

Growing up inside the institutional world of the Lycee Francais de Londres, (London’s French State School) had its benefits. My father ran the school and my mother taught there. We had a flat in the school situated directly above the French Institute cinema (now Cine-Lumiere). At the time it ran Monday night screenings of mostly contemporary European cinema for the French constituency in London. From the age of seven, throughout the 60s and early 70s, I surreptitiously attended most of these weekly screenings from the back of the cinema’s balcony. I just had to walk down 2 flights of stairs from our flat, slip through the rear fire exit of the Institute and discretely occupy a balcony seat.