Television: 31st January 1974 : Jacques Lacan

by Julia Evans on January 1, 1974

The original broadcast of Jacques Lacan being interviewed by Jacques-Alain Miller was on 9th & 16th March 1974.  It was edited and recorded in October and November 1973.  See below for details of this transmission.  This date may be wrong. In the prefatory note, (p1) Jacques-Alain Miller gives the end of January, which JE now uses:

Note 1. “A broadcast on Jacques Lacan,” was what the ‘Service de la Recherche de l’O.R.T.F.’ wanted. [Denis Hollier notes: O.R.T.F., at the time, named the French national broadcasting agency (Office de la Radiodiffusion-Télévision Française), a special department of which, the Service de la Recherche, is dedicated to cultural and experimental programs.)  Only the text here published was broadcast. To be aired in two parts under the title ‘Psychoanalysis’ at the end of January. Director : Benoît Jacquot.

Published in English:

Television: Jacques Lacan

Translated by Denis Hollier, Rosalind Krauss, and Annette Michelson

a) P1-46 in “Television: A Challenge to the Psychoanalytic Establishment”

Edited by Joan Copjec

New York: W.W.Norton & Company, 1990 : See here

Available (The scatchings are the remainders of notes I took during a series of seminars in 2000) at   /lacan

b) p5-50 of October: vol 40: 1987 : Available at   /lacan

c) Published at : Available here

Published in French:

Télévision:1973:  Jacques Lacan

Published in Paris: Éditions du Seuil: 1 Février 1974

 & p509-543 of Autres Écrits: 2001 : Jacques Lacan   or here   

Details of the transmission:

The TV programme is 90mns long, and has 2 parts:

1)Jacques Lacan : psychanalyse : 1ère partie, Un certain regard – broadcast


2) Jacques Lacan : psychanalyse : 2ère partie, Un certain regard – broadcast



For the TV programme itself (in French),click here

When  Télévision was put online, sometime in 1999 or 2000, the web was very slow, with a speed of 56Kb! The file was converted to the Real Audio format (hence its greenish aspect) and cut it in small pieces, so viewing would be more manageable.

INA (the French TV archive), , has a cleaner version, which can be bought and downloaded here.

Due to programming constraints, it is usual for programmes to be broadcast well after their final editing.  Television was recorded in October and November.

Section Titles

Jacques Lacan             Television       p3

I. [I always speak the truth] p3

II. [The unconscious, a very precise thing] p5

III. [being a saint]       p13

IV. [These faint gestures by which one tries to shield against my discourse] p17

V. [our jouissance going off the track] p27

VI. [Knowing, doing, hoping] p35

VII. [What is well-stated, one conceives it clearly]      p45

Quotations available

p16 of Dennis Hollier’s translation quoted in Discourses that kill : 1st December 2018 : Thomas Svolos  or here


Julia Evans

Practicing Lacanian Psychoanalyst, London


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