Cinematic Responses to the ’68 French General Strike

In Tuesday’s class, we spoke of precedents to the contemporary Occupy movement. The ’68 occupation of the Sorbonne came up. I first learned of these political actions through the lens of French cinema, specifically the works of Godard.

For those of you who like the work of the filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci, you might enjoy his romantic cinephile film which is inspired by and about Paris in the spring of 1968. You can view the trailer below.

The Dreamers

More historically interesting, is the below clip which mixes historical footage with a behind-the-scenes making of The Dreamers.

The Issues

For those of you interested in background, please see this Wikipedia article.

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