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Hurlements en faveur de Sade (Howlings in Favor of de Sade) (1952) - Guy Debord
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Howlings in Favor of de Sade (1952)

Hurlements en faveur de Sade (Howlings in Favor of de Sade) is a 1952 film by Guy Debord. Instead of using pictures, the entire film consists of black and white film leader in alternation for some 75 minutes. Debord’s voice is heard during the white sequences, while the black sections, often lasting minutes, are silent. Near the start Debord announces sanguinely that the final section of the leader will be the longest, and will last 24 minutes.

See also: http://pwp.detritus.net/news/2002/04.html

See also: http://www.bopsecrets.org/SI/debord.films/howls.htm

See also: anti-film - 1952

In girum imus nocte et consumimur igni (1978)

Situationist film maker Guy Debord, author of The society of the spectacle, began his film In girum imus nocte et consumimur igni [Wandering around in the night we are consumed by fire] with a radical critique of the spectator who goes to the cinema to forget about his dispossesed dayly life. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marxist_film_theory [Apr 2005]

I will make no concessions to the public in this film. I believe there are several good reasons for this decision, and I am going to state them.

In the first place, it is well known that I have never made any concessions to the dominant ideas or ruling powers of my era.

Moreover, nothing of importance has ever been communicated by being gentle with a public, not even one like that of the age of Pericles; and in the frozen mirror of the screen the spectators are not looking at anything that might suggest the respectable citizens of a democracy.

But most importantly: this particular public, which has been so totally deprived of freedom and which has tolerated every sort of abuse, deserves less than any other to be treated gently. The advertising manipulators, with the usual impudence of those who know that people tend to justify whatever affronts they don’t avenge, calmly declare that “People who love life go to the cinema.” But this life and this cinema are equally paltry, which is why it hardly matters if one is substituted for the other.

--Guy Debord via http://www.bopsecrets.org/SI/debord.films/ingirum.htm [Apr 2005]

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