Guy Debord (1931-1994) * Films
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Critique de la séparation - Guy Debord (1961)
Format: avi | Size: 314MB
Debord’s eighteen-minute Critique of Separation directs its experimental attentions to “the documentary.” Debord draws from a catalogue of newsreel footage and book covers, rephotographed photographs, views of Paris and its neighborhoods, and a catalogue of disabused, seemingly offhand footage of him and his friends in the porous zone comprising the café and the street. In Critique Debord makes his first tactical use of subtitles to problematize the receptions of the image and even of his own voice-over critique. He also expands the role of intertitles in an ironic vein (”One of the greatest anti-films of all time!”). Here the focus is the explicit development of the notion of “situations” and the problematics of their representation in film. He makes equally explicit, however, that his interest is not principally in a critique of film, but rather in a critique of existing conditions using film’s paradigmatic mechanisms. —From Return of the Supressed by Keith Sanborn
For a complete translation of the soundtrack of Critique by Ken Knabb click here
, 1952, 128.3 mb (AVI)
Instructions for the French Federation of Film Clubs
Clarifications on the film Hurlements en faveur de Sade
The spectacle is permanent. The importance of aesthetics still makes a very beautiful subject for pleasantries after drinking. We are leaving the cinema. The scandal is only too legitimate. I will never give explanations. Now you are all alone with our secrets. AT THE ORIGIN OF A NEW BEAUTY and later in the great liquid desert and limited to l'allee des Cygnes [the Boulevard of Swans] (all of the arts are mediocre games and change nothing) its face was discovered for the first time in this infancy that it calls its life. The specific conditions of the cinema permit the interruption of the anecdote by masses of empty silence. All the perfumes of Arabia. L'Aube de Villennes. AT THE ORIGIN OF A NEW BEAUTY. But it will no longer be in question. All of this isn't truly interesting. It is a question of losing oneself.
(Published in Internationale Lettriste #2, February 1953. Translated from the French by NOT BORED!)
For a complete translation of the soundtrack of Hurlements by Ken Knabb
, Part 1, 1978, 345.3 mb (MPEG)
, Part 2, 1978, 580.6 mb (MPEG)
For a complete translation of the soundtrack of In Girum Imus by Ken Knabb
, 1975, 217.1 mb (MPEG)
For a complete translation of the soundtrack of Refutation by Ken Knabb
, Part 1, 1973, 456.3 mb (MPEG)
, Part 2, 1973, 422.9 mb (MPEG)
For a complete translation of the soundtrack of Spectacle by Ken Knabb
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