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Complete Cinematic Works by Guy Debord
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Hhmm.. Debord, the Situationists. Being a neoist I occassionally read somewhere that NEOISM has followed in the footsteps of FLUXUS & SITUATIONISM. There's a slight case to be made for this, but not, IMO, that strong of one - esp regarding the latter. It's seems noteworthy that I read something written by a Situationist somewhere long ago that there is no such thing as Situationism - that there are only Situationists. That one statement resonantes profoundly w/ me since I don't think that there's exactly anything called NEOISM - that there're only neoists. Nonetheless, both 'movements' have been oversimplified for historical purposes - in the case of neoism by someone who cd make his career off such oversimplifications. Oh well..

Back to this bk (well, sortof): I've seen some of these movies thanks to my friend Keith Sanborn who subtitles them in English & then releases video copies. He & I teamed up to give what must've been a fairly early English-subtitled screening of "The Society of the Spectacle" in Buffalo in 1995. I like his work but, in a way, it leaves me feeling the way much Andre Breton does: a bit stultified rather than liberated. I wish Debord had made MORE movies b/c having absorbed somewhat what little I've had access to, I feel like it's sortof 'closed' to me now. Still, Debord occupies a fairly unique place in film history - "The Society of the Spectacle" alone is one of the most incisive critiques of capitalism ever made.

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February 13, 2008 – Shelved
February 13, 2008 – Shelved as: film

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