You Say You Want a Revolution

You Say You Want a Revolution

2 Episodes

In a cinema letter to Jean Vigo, film essayist Lynne Sachs ponders the delicate resonances of the short-lived but mightily influential French director’s sublime, dynamically inventive 1933 classic ZÉRO DE CONDUITE, in which a group of schoolboys wage an anarchist rebellion against their authoritarian teachers. Thinking about the January 6 assault on the United States Capitol, Sachs contemplates how innocent play or calculated protest can turn so quickly into chaos and violence.

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You Say You Want a Revolution
  • E•pis•to•lar•y: Letter to Jean Vigo

    Episode 1

    Directed by Lynne Sachs • 2021 • United States, Spain

    In a cinema letter to French director Jean Vigo, filmmaker Lynne Sachs ponders the delicate resonances of his 1933 classic ZÉRO DE CONDUITE, in which a group of schoolboys wage an anarchist rebellion against their authoritarian teachers. Thin...

  • Zéro de conduite

    Episode 2

    Directed by Jean Vigo • 1933 • France
    Starring Jean Dasté, Gérard de Bédarieux, Louis Lefebvre

    So effervescent and charming that one can easily forget its importance in film history, Jean Vigo’s enormously influential portrait of prankish boarding-school students is one of cinema’s great acts of...