For three evenings in May, the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis will host a series of double features that center on a critical moment in French history when the cultural and political reverberations were felt across the globe. Spurred by the successful Tet Offensive in Vietnam, the suppression of the Prague Spring, the rise of Euro-communism, and the Algerian crisis, the May ‘68 events in Paris belonged to a broad swath of social unrest that cut across Europe, Asia, and North America in the sixties—all of which yielded lasting political impact. From Jean-Luc Godard’s prophetic visions of revolt, to the oppositional politics of Paris’ young filmmakers, to the rapid transformation in the US from dream to disillusionment, each film registers a spirit of dissent that cannot be forgotten four decades later. The Contemporary is especially pleased to present a special screening of Serge Bard’s rarely seen 35 mm print of Fun and Games for Everyone (1968), featuring current exhibiting artist Olivier Mosset.
Thursday evenings in May (beginning May 15) at 6:00 pm & 8:00 pm.
May 15, Politics and Poetry: Jean-Luc Godard in the Sixties6:00 pm: Le Petit Soldat (Jean-Luc Godard, 1961/1963, France)8:00 pm: La Chinoise (Jean-Luc Godard, 1967, France)
May 22, A Cinéaste’s Revolution: Filmmaking in 1968 Paris6:00 pm: Fun and Games for Everyone (featuring Olivier Mosset, directed by Serge Bard, 1968, France)8:00 pm: The Society of the Spectacle/La Société du Spectacle, (Guy Debord, 1973, France)
May 29, Let it Bleed: the Death of the Sixties Across the Pond6:00 pm: Gimme Shelter (David Maysles, Albert Maysles & Charlotte Zwerin, 1970, USA)8:00 pm: Zabriskie Point (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1970, USA)