Cannes ’68: Cinema in Revolt

Cannes ’68: Cinema in Revolt

4 Episodes

Fifty years ago, the Cannes film festival collapsed as filmmakers withdrew their work in a wave of protest. We’ve compiled a selection of films slated to play at the canceled festival, as well as a new introduction by film historian Dudley Andrew.

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Cannes ’68: Cinema in Revolt
  • Introducing Cannes ’68

    Episode 1

    In this 2018 piece, film historian Dudley Andrew explains the situation which lead to the cancellation of the Cannes Film Festival in 1968.

  • Peppermint Frappé

    Episode 2

    Directed by Carlos Saura • 1967 • Spain

    Carlos Saura's PEPPERMINT FRAPPE was made in the mid-1960s, when Franco's fascist regime was still ruling Spain, and the movie is very much an allegory about its own era -- a rigidly conservative middle-aged man finds himself hopelessly enamored of his bes...

  • A Report on the Party and Guests

    Episode 3

    Directed by Jan Němec • 1966 • Czechoslovakia

    In Jan Němec's surreal fable, a picnic is rudely transformed into a lesson in political hierarchy when a handful of mysterious authority figures show up. This allegory about oppression and conformity was banned in its home country but became an inter...

  • The Firemen’s Ball

    Episode 4

    Directed by Miloš Forman • 1967 • Czechoslovakia
    Starring Jan Vostrcil, Josef Šebánek, František Reinstein

    A milestone of the Czech New Wave, Miloš Forman’s first color film THE FIREMEN’S BALL is both a dazzling comedy and a provocative political satire. A hilarious saga of good intentions confo...