May 68, A Fine Piece Of Work

Mai 68, la belle ouvrage

Director: Jean-Luc Magneron
FR 1969117 min. 0 sec.

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The film, which premiered in the inaugural Directors’ Fortnight in 1969, is being re-released as France marks the 50th anniversary of the 1968 strikes and protests uniting students, factory workers and artists across the country calling for social and political change and which left a lasting legacy on European society and politics to this day.   Starting with the well-known speech by President Charles de Gaulle about the reaction of public forces during the riots, the film brings testimonies from both sides: the politicians and the intellectuals (students, artists).   “When the protests broke out, he stayed in Paris and shot what was going on, fully immersed in the events, focusing on the Latin Quarter, the youthful nature of the movement and the way in which communication about the events had been manipulated by the state-run media,” tells the son of the director.
DOP: Jean-Luc Magneron
Original language: frSubtitles: enTranslation in headphones: lv