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Film Fridays with Tom & Gillian provides a virtual community space facilitated by Enoch Pratt librarians to gather and discuss chosen films. All the titles we are showing will be available from Kanopy or Hoopla, which patrons can access using their Enoch Pratt library card. We will announce each week’s films the week before and patrons can tune in to the virtual meeting on Fridays at 2 pm to engage in the discussion.
You Say You Want a Revolution?
We celebrate the Fourth of July every year because it recalls the birth of the United States of America as an independent nation. But as today’s featured films available from Kanopy show, America is just one of many countries throughout history whose people sought their independence through revolutionary movements.
THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS (1966)
In Arabic and French with English subtitles
Director Gillo Pontecorvo vividly re-creates a key year in the tumultuous Algerian struggle for independence from the occupying French in the 1950s. Filmed in a black-and-white documentary newsreel style in the streets of Algiers with a mostly non-professional cast (many of whom had lived through the real battle), Battle of Algiers is a case study in modern warfare. With its neorealist-inspired depictions of terrorist attacks and brutal interrogation techniques - children shoot soldiers at point-blank range, women plant bombs in cafes, and French soldiers resort to torture to break the will of the insurgents - it continues to have relevance today.
Click here to watch the Battle of Algiers trailer.
LA CHINOISE (1967)
In French with English subtitles
Disillusioned by their suburban lifestyles, a group of middle-class Parisian students led by Guillaume (Jean-Pierre Leaud) and Veronique (Anne Wiazemsky), form a small Maoist cell and plan to change the world by any means necessary. After studying the growth of communism in China, the students decide they must use terrorism and violence to ignite their own revolution. Director Jean-Luc Godard‘s pop-art masterpiece both channels and parodies the revolutionary energies of Paris in 1967 that later inspired France’s “May 68” civil unrest. Godard infuriated many traditionalist critics with this swiftly paced satire.
Click here to watch the La Chinoise trailer.
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