The duties of a perfect [film] producer are:
1) To win the most often at poker.
2) To meet a large number of the people who are important in cinematic or television distribution (particularly in America). To persuade them that you have produced an experimental film such as they have never seen before -- which is the minimum definition of an experimental film, but, all the same, quite rare.3) To make them see the first copy as soon as you receive it; to convince them to buy (at a high price) the broadcast rights in their respective countries. Then to make the money reach Paris, each time subtracting 30% -- the rate arranged by Asger [Jorn] -- for the shrewd producer (make them pay up in poker).
I will finish the editing next week and my work will end there. Taking into account the last manipulations of the laboratory, you will have the film around 15 October . I hope that the D.F.E.K. [Dansk-Fransk Experimentalfilm Kompagni] has been legitimately constituted in Copenhagen, because judicial contestations concerning the nationality of the film can begin at any time.All our regards to Matty and you.
(Published in Guy Debord, Correspondance, Volume 1, 1957-1960. Translated from the French by NOT BORED! May 2005.)