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

Back in 2016, New York City staged a month-long festival celebrating Albert Camus‘ historic visit to NYC in 1946. 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 initially captured on a cell phone, and broadcast live using Facebook live video. But then came a more polished recording, courtesy of Columbia’s Maison Française. Note that Mortensen takes the stage around the 11:45 mark.

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Note: An earlier version of this post appeared on our site in April, 2016.

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  • Ronny says:

    Really quite marvellous. Thank you.

  • Kumar Alphonse says:

    Really good to read the information.


  • Eileen Grundstrom says:

    Excellent lecture. Thought provoking for sure. Discussion is superb. Intelligent gifted people.

  • Cecelia says:

    The post lecture talk was asolutely ruined by the woman speaker’s constant loud laughing and non-verbal noises – so unbelievably irritating. Maybe ask speakers to keep it down in future, or at least cover their mike if they are going to be so loud and unrestrained. Her mike seemed to be up much louder than the men’s mikes too, which meant I had to keep the sound down because of her loudness and then couldn’t hear Vigo! Sort it out next time please!

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