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Considering Christine Montalbetti’s cinematic gaze and Tanguy Viel’s exhaustion of the filmic memory, the paper demonstrates how much these contemporary writers’ legacy turns out to be that of cinema. Movies complete or even replace their imaginary library. Such an ambition to think cinema in terms of writing questions the very basis of saying and of seeing in the context of media permeability. Inspired by film visual potential, Montalbetti and Viel’s novels do not end with the quest for the verbal equivalences of the moving images. The novelistic treatment of cinephilia involves more complex operations that produce effect on the diegetic device in its entirety. Therefore, it would be imprecise to speak of the interaction between the novel and the film in terms of analogy or influence, since the narration is inherent to the filmic image anyway. It is rather an incorporation by the writing of its own narrative patterns, such as they have been updated by cinema.