Category Archives: Paris

Angela Davis on Protest, 1968, and Her Old Teacher, Herbert Marcuse

“As I write in May 2018, in the city of Paris, French students and workers are conducting demonstrations, sit-ins, and occupations with the aim of challenging the Macron government’s harsh attacks on labor and its announced efforts to restrict access … Continue reading

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The Literary Sophistication of François Truffaut

François Truffaut on set of Fahrenheit 451 (1966) “Truffaut is not literate merely because his films contain allusions to Renoir, Walsh, Vigo and Hitchcock, although they are the sources of the film conventions he manipulates, nor because Jules and Jim contains … Continue reading

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Alphaville – Jean-Luc Godard (1965)

“Alphaville: une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution (Alphaville: A Strange Adventure of Lemmy Caution) is a 1965 French New Wave science fiction noir film directed by Jean-Luc Godard. It stars Eddie Constantine, Anna Karina, Howard Vernon and Akim Tamiroff. The … Continue reading

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Détournement

Debord’s psychogeographical map The Naked City (1957) “A détournement (French: [detuʁnəmɑ̃]), meaning ‘rerouting, hijacking’ in French, is a technique developed in the 1950s by the Letterist International, and later adapted by the Situationist International (SI), that was defined in the SI’s … Continue reading

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Topaz – Alfred Hitchcock (1969)

“Topaz is a 1969 American espionage thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Based on the 1967 Cold War novel Topaz by Leon Uris, the film is about a French intelligence agent who becomes entangled in the Cold War politics of … Continue reading

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Black Panthers – Agnès Varda (1968)

“In 1968, Agnès Varda was living in Los Angeles with her husband, director Jacques Demy, who was there to begin filming his first Hollywood film, Model Shop (1969). Although initially hesitant about living in the United States, the couple quickly … Continue reading

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La Jetée – Chris Marker (1962)

“La Jetée (​[la ʒəte]) (‘The Jetty’, here referring to an outdoor viewing pier at an airport) is a 1962 French Left Bank science fiction featurette by Chris Marker. Constructed almost entirely from still photos, it tells the story of a … Continue reading

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