phantom vs. ghost.

Halloween special: in the bonus features of the DVD The Story of Marie and Julien, Jacques Rivette’s 2003 film, the director insists vehemently to an interviewer that his movie is not about a phantom, but a ghost.

Jacques Rivette in The Story of Marie and Julien

Culture Rover has been haunted ever since. What is the difference? Is it something in the French terms for phantom and ghost that gets lost in translation?

Jerzy Radziwilowicz (Julien) and Emmanuelle Béart (Marie)

It is such a tantalizing distinction: are you a phantom or a ghost? But what does the distinction mean?

Images: The Story of Marie and Julien

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