La Fin du Monde filmée par l'Ange N.-D.
Fernand Léger, French, 1881 - 1955. Written by Blaise Cendrars, Swiss (active France), 1887 - 1961. Published by Éditions de la Sirène, Paris.
This book is one of Léger’s collaborations with poet Blaise Cendrars (Swiss (active France), 1887 - 1961). It is an example of a “cine-poem,” a hybrid of poem and screenplay that flourished as a novel literary genre in the 1920s. Cendrars’s narrative recounts the end of the world as it is caught on camera by a stone angel atop Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris. Léger’s illustrations unfold in sequence as the pages of the book are turned, each numbered like scenes in a film script.