Guy Debord’s film IN GIRUM IMUS NOCTE ET CONSUMIMUR IGNI
will be shown Saturday, March 18, 7:00 p.m., at Pro Arts Gallery
Doors 6:30 pm. Admission is free.
Guy Debord (1931-1994) was the most influential figure in the Situationist International, the notorious subversive group that played a key role in provoking the May 1968 revolt in France.
In girum imus nocte et consumimur igni (1978, 105 minutes) is Debord’s sixth and final film. The title is a Latin palindrome meaning “We turn in the night, consumed by fire.” The film is at once an autobiographical reflection and a scathing denunciation of the ever-increasing moral and material degradation of modern capitalist society. Many people consider it Debord’s masterpiece. All of his films are brilliant in their diverse ways, but in this astonishing summation of his life and work he really pulls out all the stops. As he also did with Debord’s earlier film, The Society of the Spectacle, filmmaker Konrad Steiner has taken the original French film and produced an English overdubbed version, using Ken Knabb’s translation as interpreted on the sound track by artist/scholar Dore Bowen. This version enables viewers to better appreciate the complex interplay between montage, image, and language that make up Debord’s reflections on his life and his era — and on the later era that he so accurately saw coming, the bizarre era that we now find ourselves in and are trying to find our way out of.
Ken will introduce the film, and he and Konrad [and Dore] will be on hand afterwards for questions and discussion.
For more information on Debord’s films, see http://www.bopsecrets.org/SI/debord.films/index.htm
Pro Arts’ The New Situationists program is made possible with a generous grant from The Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation.