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Paris, May ’68: Zanzibar and Philippe Garrel
Le Lit de la Vierge followed by On the Set of Le Lit de la Vierge

May 26 at 2:00
East Building Auditorium

Pierre Clémenti plays a modern Christ figure who is reluctant to assume his earthly mission. Zouzou is the Virgin Mary (she also plays Mary Magdalene) and attempts to reconcile him with his duty. “In naming his characters Mary and Jesus, Garrel reminds us of the contestatory attitude of the ’68 generation, for whom Jesus was a hippie avant la lettre... Le Lit de la Vierge is minimally concerned with religion. It does, however, suggest the ways in which Garrel and his friends saw themselves as belonging to a kind of religious sect” — Harvard Film Archive. (Philippe Garrel, 1969, 35mm, subtitles, 95 minutes)

On the Set of Le Lit de la Vierge
goes behind the scenes with a few of the actors in the film — Pierre-Richard Bré, Jean- Pierre Kalfon, Babette Lamy, and the iconic Tina Aumont. In certain ways, the film is a Zanzibar version of Warhol’s Chelsea Girls. (Frédéric Pardo, 1968, 16mm, silent, 30 minutes)

still from Le Lit de la Vierge
courtesy Collectiv Jeune Cinéma

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