Posted tagged ‘society of the spectacle’

Film Comment Selects: Guy Debord Retrospective

February 25, 2009

Tired of following the crowd?

Film Comment Selects is presenting a complete retrospective of Guy Debord’s rarely shown and hard-to-find films. Debord, born 1931 in Paris was a writer, filmmaker, and founder of Situationist International, an experimental group functioning in art and politics to revolutionize the everyday. Theoretically founded in Marxism, the Situationists played a large role in the political movements of the sixties, notably in May ’68. Their primary goal was to critique the capitalist system and make apparent the detrimental influence it exerts over society as a whole. Mostly renown for his book, The Society of the Spectacle (1967), and later the film (1973), Debord opens the famous text, “In societies dominated by modern conditions of production, life is presented as an immense accumulation of spectacles. Everything that was directly lived has receded into representation”. Debord holds capitalism responsible for an illusion of freedom and fulfillment caused by a culture dominated and mediated by images. He observed that social relations have been replaced by reverence to the spectacle, leading to the isolating condition of modern life. His films function to critique this appropriation of everyday life by altering found footage (including film historical heavyweights, Potemkin and Johnny Guitar) to exaggerate and subvert his subject of critique, a method he called détournement. All six of his films will be shown on Sunday March 1st: In girum imus nocte et consumimur igni (1978), The Society of the Spectacle (1973), Réfutation de tous les jugements (1975), Hurlements en faveur de Sade, (1952), On the Passage of a Few Persons Through a Rather Brief Unity of Time (1959), Critique de la separation (1961).

-Aily Nash

Tickets here


Film Society Week Ahead Feb 25-Mar 4: Rock on, Guy Debord retro and brand new films!

February 25, 2009


TONIGHT ONLY! A special Film Society screening and party! Retrieve your angst, throw on your fishnets and doc martens and get ready to rock! Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains screens tonight, with a post-punk afterparty and raffle of memorabilia associated with the movie! We all know what happened last time. You don’t want to miss out.

A special Guy Debord retrospective this weekend! You’ll be thinking to yourself: the more things change, the more they stay the say the same while partaking in Debord’s incisive, visionary take on culture in films such as Society of the Spectacle and In girum.

Brand new films you won’t see anywhere else! No-holds-barred Korean thriller The Chaser and the whimsically wayward Mexican comedy Lake Tahoe later this week.

Check the filmlinc blog each day for exclusive dispatches from the series!