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Paris, May ’68: Zanzibar and Philippe Garrel
Les amants réguliers preceded by Actua 1

May 19 at 2:30
East Building Auditorium

A participant observer in the events of May ’68, Philippe Garrel used his son Louis as his leading actor and the classically trained Parisian cinematographer William Lubtchansky — a favorite among the directors of the French new wave — to shoot this poetic evocation of the era. With a subdued monochromatic palette and existential aura, Les amants réguliers’s rendering is reflective rather than active; impressionistic, not precise. “It is an un-rewritten kind of history that Garrel is creating here, and for all the poetic license . . . there is a notable absence of anything resembling nostalgia” — Peter Bradshaw. (Philippe Garrel, 2005, 35mm, subtitles, 178 minutes)

Actua 1, Garrel’s short real-time documentation of May 1968 (until recently, believed lost) precedes the feature. (Philippe Garrel, 1968, 16mm, 8 minutes)

still from Les amants réguliers
courtesy Collectiv Jeune Cinéma

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