Passage du cinéma, 4992 is a 992-page book that holds 4,992 fragments coming from dozens of magazines and reviews about cinema. The author, Annick Bouleau, compiled all these fragments for many years, founded her own press and asked me to transform this huge dataset (more than 2,000,000 words) into a book. That was one of the best experiences I had with a client – she gave me a carte blanche. We choose a very thin paper (50 gr.), so that the book would not be too big, and a two-column layout – the main task was to deal with the typesetting, spaces and different weights. Surprisingly, the first print run (1,000 copies) was sold within 8 months, perhaps because famous movie maker Jean-Luc Godard praised the book in one of its rare interviews, saying that the “cover is like a cinema screen”… and that’s exactly what we wanted to do with this cover: a blank screen.
The statement by movie maker Jean-Luc Godard about the book: “The only book to recount the history of cinema”
(page included in the press kit of his last movie, Adieu au langage)