In “psychanalyse” (better known as “Television” in English speaking countries), a two part documentary, the psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan answers to questions submitted by his son-in-law Jacques-Alain Miller under the direction of Benoît Jacquot.
In 1973, the film maker Benoît Jacquot approached Jacques Lacan via Jacques-Alain Miller with the idea of making a film on Lacan and his teaching. Lacan soon agreed to the project, which ultimately took the form of Miller posing questions to which Lacan replied at some length in a semi-improvised manner. The final edited film, commissioned by the The Office de Radiodiffusion-Télévision Française (ORTF, the French public TV), was broadcast in two parts on prime-time television (8.30pm on two consecutive Saturday evenings) under the title “Psychanalyse”.
The text “Télévision” is a partially re-written transcription of the filmed dialogue between Miller and Lacan, with marginalia added by the former. It was published as a small book by Éditions du Seuil, and later included in the 2001 collection Autres écrits, confirming its status as one of Lacan’s “written” texts as opposed to a simple transcription of an oral delivery. Lacan added the epigraph “He who interrogates me / also knows how to read me”, in reference to Jacques-Alain Miller.