A Latin palindrome is the title of Guy Debord's last film, in which he, as narrator, explains that he will make neither concessions to the tastes of his viewers nor to the dominant ideas of... See full summary »
A response to critics of Society of the Spectacle takes to task both these who praised it (for liking other things inconsistent with that praise) and those who attacked it (for having also liked many things that discredit their judgment)
A short film that shows Boundless, Surreal objects that are juxtaposed with our present World. Cars, Motorways, noise of our modern society; A giant city in the distance - all that shrouds ... See full summary »
Chris Marker and Pierre Lhomme's LE JOLI MAI (The Lovely Month of May) is a portrait of Paris and Parisians during May 1962;the first springtime of peace after the ceasefire with Algeria ... See full summary »
Documentarian Guy Debord is an avant-garde film-maker whose work, on exposure, has left little personal impact: this short is a tortuously didactic treatise on the conflicting relationship between film and reality. Initially, his ‘poetic’ narration and haphazard (at times, even subliminal) juxtaposition of images – a blend of stock footage (most of it, predictably, of a topical/political nature) and stills (one of which, amusingly, derives from Fox’s juvenile swashbuckling romp PRINCE VALIANT !) – proves arresting, being vaguely in the style of contemporaries such as Resnais and Godard. However, the film eventually overstays its welcome (despite only running 17 minutes) because the director seems to think that pretentiousness will carry itself!; for the record, this broadcast of CRITIQUE DE LA SEPARATION was preceded by an over-hyped trailer for it.
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