Albert Camus’ Historic Lecture, “The Human Crisis,” Performed by Actor Viggo Mortensen

As we men­tioned last week, New York is cur­rent­ly hold­ing a month-long fes­ti­val cel­e­brat­ing Albert Camus’ his­toric vis­it to NYC 70 years ago. One event in the fes­ti­val fea­tured actor Vig­go Mortensen giv­ing a read­ing of Camus’ lec­ture,“La Crise de l’homme” (“The Human Cri­sis”) at Colum­bia Uni­ver­si­ty–the very same place where Camus deliv­ered the lec­ture 70 years earlier–down to the very day (March 28, 1946). The read­ing was cap­tured on a cell phone, and broad­cast live using Face­book live video. It can be jit­tery, but if you close your eyes and give a lis­ten, it will be worth your time. Note that Mortensen takes the stage around the 11:45 mark.

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Relat­ed Con­tent:

Albert Camus: The Mad­ness of Sin­cer­i­ty — 1997 Doc­u­men­tary Revis­its the Philosopher’s Life & Work

Sartre Writes a Trib­ute to Camus After His Friend-Turned-Rival Dies in a Trag­ic Car Crash: “There Is an Unbear­able Absur­di­ty in His Death”

Get to Know Socrates, Camus, Kierkegaard & Oth­er Great Philoso­phers with the BBC’s Intel­li­gent Radio Show, In Our Time

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