French Title: La Societe du Spectacle
English Title: Society of the Spectacle
Director: Guy Debord
Video Codec: x264
Video Bitrate: 993 kb/s
Resolution: 704x560 (1.26:1) [~34:27]
Qf: 0.101 bits/pixel
Audio Specs: 0x0055(MP3) ID'd as MPEG-1 Layer 3
Audio Bitrate: 118 kb/s (59/ch, stereo) VBR
Fs: 48000 Hz
Runtime: 01:27:19 (130,965 fr)
Description: Self-proclaimed leader of the Situationist International,Guy Debord was certainly responsible for the longevity and high profileof Situationist ideas, although the equation of the SI with Guy Debordwould be misleading. Brilliant but autocratic, Debord helped both unifysituationist praxis and destroy its expansion into areas not explicitlyin line with his own ideas. His text The Society of the Spectacleremains today one of the great theoretical works on modern-day capital,cultural imperialism, and the role of mediation in social relationships.
Guy Debord's revolutionary 90 minute film took a year to make andincorporates footage from many famous films, Soviet and Polish films,industrial films, American Westerns, soft-core porn films, newsfootage, advertisements, and many still photographs. Events such as themurder of Lee Harvey Oswald (who assassinated U.S. President John F.Kennedy in 1963), the revolutions in Spain in 1936, Hungary in 1956 andin Paris in 1968, and people such as Mao Tse Tung, Richard Nixon, andthe Spanish Anarchist Durruti are represented. Throughout the movie,there is both a voiceover (of Debord) and inter-titles from "Society ofthe Spectacle" but also texts from the Committee of Occupation of theSorbonne, Machiavelli, Marx, Tocqueville, Emile Pouget, and Soloviev.The innovative use of subtitles and intertitles is part of Debord’sgoal “to problematize reception” and force the viewer to be active. Thespectacle, as Debord reminds us, "is not a collection of images, but arelationship among people mediated by images."
Incluced are the english and french texts of The Society of theSpectacle and the english text of Comments on The Society of theSpectacle.
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