The Films of Philippe Garrel

Regular Lovers w/Actua 1

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Friday 4/27
7:00 pm
$10 General Public
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Philippe Garrel, France, 2005, 35mm, 183 min., French w/ English subtitles

May ’68, and after—the moment of collective uprising, the comedown of returning to a world fundamentally unchanged—is an event absolutely central to Garrel’s worldview. After decades of distortion and misinformation on both the French right and left, to further agendas and re-write history, Garrel felt compelled to portray the period as it was by someone who was there, and correct the historical record for future generations. François is our guide (played by Garrel’s son Louis), a young poet who goes from the exhilaration of the barricades to the exhaustion of drug addiction and aimlessness. Shot in 1:33 Academy ratio (full-frame) black-and-white that makes the 1960s seem near to the 19th century, the film combines youthful romance with adult rue, and introduced Garrel anew to the United States. Screening with Actua 1, his thought-to-be-lost short film shot by a twenty-year-old Garrel, in May '68.


Preceded by:

Actua 1

Philippe Garrel, France, 1968, 6 min. 


The Films of Philippe Garrel

At a time when the auteurs of the French New Wave were basking in international success, the young Philppe Garrel emerged with a singular, anarchistic vision that pushed the limits of an already-groundbreaking movement. The short film Les enfants désaccordés was made when Garrel was just 16 years old. As the civil unrest in France sparked by the events of May ’68 reverberated around the globe,, Garrel and a coterie of filmmakers known as the Zanzibar group, began dismantling the structure and language of the cinema that preceded them. Garrel chronicled the May ’68 protests in the recently re-discovered Acuta 1 and he revisited the events in his 2005 feature Regular Lovers. Throughout the 1970s, while involved in a tumultuous relationship with German model and chanteuse Nico, Garrel made some of the most daring and visionary cinema in all of Europe. Often incorporating aspects of his personal life and casting members of his own family in his narratives, Garrel pioneered a singular style of filmmaking with hints of Robert Bresson, Jacques Rivette and Andy Warhol, with an aesthetic dominated by minimalism and existential ennui. Lightbox Film Center is thrilled to present a survey of Philippe Garrel’s films throughout the month, including a special conversation with filmmaker Yann Dedet (editor on J'entends plus la guitar) on April 20. Film descriptions courtesy of Metrograph. Special thanks to Jacob Perlin.