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Paris, May ’68: Zanzibar and Philippe Garrel
Acéphale

May 26 at 4:30
East Building Auditorium

“With its title from Georges Bataille’s journal Acéphale (literally, a headless man, but figuratively expressing the need to go beyond rational ways of thinking), Deval’s film is the most literary of the Zanzibar works. It opens with a head in the process of being shaved. This image is accompanied not by the sound of an electric razor but an electric saw, suggesting the need to achieve a tabula rasa by radical means. The story follows the adventures of a young man and his friends as they wander through a barely recognizable post–May 1968 Paris. In documenting the expressions and gestures of the ’68 generation, Acéphale becomes something of an anthropological film that reveals the rites and beliefs of the ideological novitiates” — Harvard Film Archive. (Patrick Deval, 1968, 35mm, subtitles, 65 minutes) Special thanks to Centre Georges Pompidou for this loan

courtesy Collectiv Jeune Cinéma

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