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Author J. M. G. Le Clézio,Gilles Jacob
Original title Ballaciner
Country France
Language French
Subject Cinema
Genre Essay
Publisher Editions Gallimard, nrf, Paris
Publication date
Pages 185
ISBN 978-2-07-078484-4
OCLC 132401827
LC Class PQ2672.E25 Z46 2007

Ballaciner is an essay by French Nobel laureate J. M. G. Le Clézio with help from Gilles Jacob.[1] It was originally published in French in 2003.

Ballaciner was described [2] by the Nobel committee [3] as

a deeply personal essay about the history of the art of film and the importance of film in the author’s life, from the hand-turned projectors of his childhood, the cult of cinéaste trends in his teens, to his adult forays into the art of film as developed in unfamiliar parts of the world

“Ballaciner” is a French neologism meaning adopting an attitude of a strolling moviegoer.[1]


"Ballaciner" is essentially an essay about cinema.The essay makes note of the films that have affected the author and makes the connection between literature and cinema. According to a review the author is "a self-declared cinephile, whose fascination for cinema has always gone hand in hand with his love of literature".[4] Another reviewer noted that this essay "offers penetrating analyses of some of the 'disturbing, unforgettable dreams' conjured up on the cinema screen"[5]


  1. ^ a b "Ballaciner". Anne-Solange Noble. Gallimard. 2007. Retrieved 2009-02-09. 
  2. ^ Lyall, Sarah (2009-01-15). "Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-01-15. 
  3. ^ "". Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio. Svenska Akademiens (The Swedish Academy). 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-15. third last paragraph  External link in |title= (help)
  4. ^ Muriel Zagha (2007-08-10). "Ballaciner by J. M. G. Le Clézio". London: The Times Literary Supplement. Retrieved 22 November 2008. Continuous with his 1987 essay "La Magie du cinema", in which the novelist defined film as a glimpse of another world, Ballaciner is a suggestive and intensely personal meditation retracing the novelist's love affair with the seventh art 
  5. ^ Muriel Zagha (2007-08-10). "Ballaciner by J. M. G. Le Clézio". London: The Times Literary Supplement. Retrieved 2011-03-17. A portrait of a cultural sensibility shaped by the 1950s, Ballaciner (Le Clézio's portmanteau of ballade and cine) offers penetrating analyses of some of the "disturbing, unforgettable dreams" conjured up on the cinema screen