Détruisez-vous is a ‘primitive’ film which breaks all the rules of film-making. It’s the first Zanzibar film (and predates the very naming of the movement), an attempt to make a film which defies the rules of production, the production line of commerce.
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A lesson in tedium whose only merit is that it was shot just before the events of May '68 and shares some of the same sentiments of that movement. Unfortunately by focusing on 'actress' Caroline De Bendern it fails. At one point a character tells her 'perhaps if one doesn't know what they are talking about they should remain silent'; I couldn't agree more.
Ah, youth! Proof that "good" politics are not a substitute for creativity—and that rule-breaking is worthless when the artist doesn't understand the function of the rules they're breaking. No wonder Bard stopped making movies after the revolution.
Ceci n'est pas un film. This is a series of images that runs for 75 minutes. Sometimes there are buildings. There is a child. Sometimes she just stares into the camera. Sometimes in black and white, sometimes in color. It's like a parody of a very bad art film. It anticipates May '68 without really having anything to say, because May '68 did nothing to change the political climate. It's an apt metaphor for the times.
Historically interesting but very dated and endlessly bourgeois and self-indulgent. Caroline de Bendern's super annoying upper class whining baby voice
kept me making want to smash my hand into the screen and pull her hair.
Tout ça est tellement désuet... ça me donne envie de proclamer "Vive le cinéma réac!"
Si vous voulez vraiment faire la révolution en 2015, procrastinez:
Consommez le moins possible. Travaillez le moins possible. Ne faîtes pas de gamin(bon, allez, un). N'ayez pas de voiture. Ne devenez pas propriétaire d'une maison. Et sortez dans la rue uniquement pour vous balader. La voilà, la désobéissance civile du 21e siècle.
A certain regard, to this day, surrounds the corpus of ex-Cahiers du Cinema critics who set the New Wave into motion. Not as well-known then but not to be outdone was the clique from the Left Bank. What of the outliers known as Zanzibar? A checkered affair, despite one Philippe Garrel. This was their de facto debut before the collective issued a manifesto. Messy but full of malaise, presaging the unrest of May 1968.
Vaya que este largometraje fue una auténtica sorpresa. Da la impresión que fue cortada en pedazos y reconstruida en base a las secuencias más necesarias de forma que el espectador debe rellenar constantemente vacíos con su experiencia de la revolución. Pone en evidencia la inacción inherente a un movimiento que cuestiona el status quo y derribar las estructuras convencionales.