Guy Brunet populates his films with cardboard lookalikes of Hollywood stars

Guy Brunet populates his films with cardboard lookalikes of Hollywood stars

Published by Time Out Switzerland on 21 September 2015: Link

Outsider art meets Hollywood

Lausanne’s celebrated museum of outsider art presents an artist wrapped up in his make-believe world of filmmaking. The son of the owners of a small movie house that did not survive the arrival of television, Guy Brunet (b. 1945) is an endearing man who since the age of 16 has written over 350 screenplays. He confined them to notebooks until, one day, he decided to produce and direct his own films.

His actors and actresses, famous directors and producers are figurines that he cuts out of cardboard and then draws with remarkable likeness; spot Laurel & Hardy, Humphrey Bogart and Ava Gardner! So many of the celebrities of Hollywood cinema in its heyday from the 30s to the 60s turn up in his films.

Acting as the movie producer, he brings the cardboard silhouettes alive by shifting them around his elaborate decors and delivering the dialogues with his own voiceovers. He is also the promoter and publicist of his films and draws large-scale posters on the back of recycled materials.

Guy Brunet’s Paravision Studios make for a charming display, and dispel the thought that talent must be channelled by art schools to produce beautiful, strange and wonderful things.

Guy Brunet in front of his house in France

Guy Brunet in front of his house in France

Michèle Laird, née Haffner, trained as a journalist, became an international arts administrator (visual arts and theatre), successively in Paris, New York and London before moving to Switzerland, where she now covers the art beat and presides several associations.

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