Date(s) - May 07
19:00 - 20:00
CONVERSATIONS ON CULTURE #2 * MAI 68 – 15 €
GREIL MARCUS & OLIVIER ASSAYAS
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH LE NOUVEAU THÉÂTRE DE MONTREUIL – CDN
Doors open at 6 P.M.
May 68 marked a turning point in the history of France that resounds to this day. But upheavals of very similar and very different kinds made history in the streets all over the world in 1968, from Japan to Czechoslovakia, Italy to the UK, Mexico City and across the USA—where the year was dominated by assassinations, political demonstrations and police riots, the Vietnam War and an Olympic Games unlike any seen before or since.
This second Conversations on culture of the season will be an opportunity for Greil Marcus and Olivier Assayas to discuss and exchange their points of view on this key moment in contemporary history.
Reflecting on the music of the time that seemingly anticipated everything that would unfold across the year (Bob Dylan’s John Wesley Harding) or that responded directly to it (the Rolling Stones’ Beggars Banquet, Otis Redding’s The Dock of the Bay, Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Ladyland), Greil Marcus will retell the story of that defining year as one whose end is far from written. Author of Lipstick Traces, a new and updated edition of which has just been published by Editions Allia. With Werner Sollors he is the editor of A New Literary History of America. In 2014 he was the first curator of the French-American Festival Albertine at the Embassy of France in New York. He lives in Oakland, California.
Writer and director Olivier Assayas was born in Paris and grew up during the aftermath of the civil unrest of 1968. Assayas directed his first film, Nuit féline, in 1978, after a varied cinematographic apprenticeship that included working as an editor for Cahiers du Cinéma and ghostwriting episodes of Maigret for his father, the director Jacques Rémy. His 17 feature films include Clean (2004), Something in the Air (2012) and Clouds of Sils Maria (2014), and cover subjects as diverse as youthful rebellion, the life of a Protestant minister, and corporate battles over anime pornography.
You can also participate in Greil Marcus’s conference-concert at the Nouveau Théâtre de Montreuil – CDN on Saturday, May 5th at 9 P.M. Through several of his works including Lipstick Traces, the American rock essayist and critic Greil Marcus has traced protest movements from Dada to the present day, taking in May 68 along the way. Some extracts of his work will be set to music by Sylvain Cartigny to create a kind of musical pathway through the history of twentieth century revolts.
* Event in English without simultaneous translation.
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