Video: Jonas Mekas on Edouard de Laurot

After the publication of Chocolates for Breakfast in 1956, Moore spent most of the next two years with Edouard (Yves) De Laurot, an avant garde film maker, writer, political theorist and international man of intrigue. Moore traveled across Europe, from Finland to the East German border, contributing materiel and funding to de Laurot’s film making (principally Sunday Junction) and other projects.

De Laurot, a French national, had been born and raised in Poland, where he participated in the second Warsaw uprising against Nazi Germany, and survived to see the liberation of his country by Soviet troops. He was the inspiration for the character André de Sévigny in Moore’s unpublished second novel, Prophets without Honor (1958).

Here Jonas Mekas, film maker and founder of Anthology Film Archives, reminisces about his association with De Laurot, including de Laurot’s wartime past and their short-lived collaboration on Mekas’ first film, Guns of the Trees.

Unfortunately,  no film or audio recording of Pamela Moore has survived, to our knowledge. Perhaps, during her travels across Europe with De Laurot, some footage may have been taken, which may yet surface someday.

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