In 1969, Broodthaers attended Lucien Goldman’s seminary on Charles Baudelaire and the following year made Une seconde d’eternité (A Second of Eternity) and others in which he transferred the French poet’s intuitions to the present.
“It’s a very short film, in fact it lasts a second, and it’s called Une seconde d’eternité (A Second of Eternity). It’s very important to me because I think that with it I evidence a certain artistic reality which is expressed on the artistic plane. On the other hand, I think that the basis of artistic creation rests on a Narcissistic foundation. The film is called Une seconde d’eternité. In a certain way it’s inspired in the work of Charles Baudelaire. I enjoyed making it very much because that graphic, which lasts only one second, at the same time constitutes a fiction film. It seems to me that the author’s signature, be it that of an artist, a filmmaker or a poet, matters little; it is the beginning of a system of lies that all poets, all artists, try to establish to defend themselves, I don’t exactly know against what.”
Marcel Broodthaers, Cinéma. Barcelona: Fundació Antoni Tàpies, 1997.