Cinéma Militant

Political Filmmaking and May 1968

Paul Douglas Grant

Columbia University Press

Cinéma Militant

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Cinéma Militant

Political Filmmaking and May 1968

Paul Douglas Grant

Columbia University Press

This history covers the filmmaking tradition often referred to as cinéma militant, which emerged in France during the events of May 1968 and flourished for a decade. While some films produced were created by established filmmakers, including Chris Marker, Jean-Luc Godard, and William Klein, others were helmed by left-wing filmmakers working in the extreme margins of French cinema. This latter group gave voice to underrepresented populations, such as undocumented immigrants (sans papiers), entry-level factory workers (ouvriers spécialisés), highly intellectual Marxist-Leninist collectives, and militant special interest groups. While this book spans the broad history of this uncharted tradition, it particularly focuses on these lesser-known figures and works and the films of Cinélutte, Les groupes medvedkine, Atelier de recherche cinématographique, Cinéthique, and the influential Marxist filmmaker Jean-Pierre Thorn. Each represent a certain tendency of this movement in French film history, offering an invaluable account of a tradition that also sought to share untold histories.
Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
Introduction
1. Wildcat Strikes and Wildcat Cinema in May '68: ARC
2. Jean-Pierre Thorn: "No investigation, no right to speak"
3. Cinélutte: "Tout ce qui bouge est rouge"
4. Les groupes Medvedkine: Before and After Chris Marker
5. Of Theory and Peasants: Groupe Cinéthique
Conclusion
Notes
Filmography
Bibliography
Index

About the Author

Paul Douglas Grant is professor of cinema studies and cochair of research at the School of Architecture, Fine Arts, and Design, University of San Carlos, Philippines. He is also the editor of Lilas: A Graphic History of Cinema in Cebu.