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campaign image 1968: You Say You Want a Revolution (© Bruno Barbey)
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Films, talks & events

1968

You Say You Want a Revolution

26 April — 25 May 2018

still from Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One (Richard Brody, US 1968)
still from Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One (Richard Brody, US 1968)

Eye Filmmuseum shows how the film camera became the rallying symbol of a generation of young people who demanded the right to shape their own lives.

Fifty years ago, students, factory workers and filmmakers challenged the Establishment, from Paris to Mexico City, carrying not only bricks but also agile and light 16mm cameras.

still from Medium Cool (Hakskell Wexler, US 1968)
still from Medium Cool (Hakskell Wexler, US 1968)

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campaign image 1968: You Say You Want a Revolution (© Bruno Barbey)
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still from Selma (Ava DuVernay, US 2014)
still from Selma (Ava DuVernay, US 2014)

To mark the fiftieth anniversary of the May 1968 events in Paris, Eye Filmmuseum explores the spirit of ’68 and its international crop of wayward filmmakers. The programme includes films from the year 1968, films about ’68 as well as talk shows and debates with such guests as pop journalist Hester Carvalho, the Instant Composers Pool and Tracy Metz, Director of the John Adams Institute.

The spirit of the times caught on film

The voice of ’68 comes alive in Eye's film theatres from 28 April to 20 May, with unique film material from the collection, ranging from innovative feature films and radical documentaries by a new generation of filmmakers to up-to-the-minute activist news items and official newsreels.

still from 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, GB 1968)
still from 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, GB 1968)
still from Les amants réguliers (Regular Lovers) (Philippe Garrel, FR 2005)
still from Les amants réguliers (Regular Lovers) (Philippe Garrel, FR 2005)

In some forty screenings, Eye Filmmuseum explores the spirit of ’68: what was it all about? What is left of it? To what extent can we speak of a real revolution? And what can we living in the Trump era learn from the cinema of protest, activism and the fight for equal rights?

“We enter a dialogue with the three most important film voices from 1968: reassuring newsreels, disturbing documentary images from activist filmmakers and films from the new wave of directors who rebelled against the Hollywood style.”

Anna Abrahams and Ronald Simons, Eye programmers

Digital reads: File 1968

De Groene Amsterdammer and NRC both keep a file on the turbulent year 1968:

De Groene Amsterdammer

NRC Handelsblad

Eye Filmmuseum brochure

still from Monterey Pop! (D.A. Pennebaker, US 1969)
still from Monterey Pop! (D.A. Pennebaker, US 1969)

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poster 1968: You Say You Want a Revolution (© Bruno Barbey)
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