Marcel Broodthaers 1924-1976
A Film by Charles Baudelaire (Political Map of the World) [1970]
1970, 35mm, col., sound, 7’, Brussels / Paris

This film was made on the occasion of a seminar on Charles Baudelaire given by Lucien Goldmann at Brussels University in 1969-70. It exists in an English version and a French one, the latter never shown during Broodthaers’s lifetime. The film purports to be the second version of a (fictional) film made by Baudelaire in 1850 in memory of his (actual) voyage across the Pacific. It was shot using a world map mounted on black board, filmed in its entirety and in extreme close- up. The subtitles were superimposed on the final prints.