Spirit of 1968 on screen

by Modculture 11 March, 2008

As we approach the 40th anniversary of the tumultuous events of May 1968, film-makers and broadcasters look over the period with new documentaries and srceenings of period films.May68_2

The South Bank Show this Sunday (16th, ITV1, 11.15pm) runs Leo Burley’s Revolution 68. The film "explores the art and the artists at the heart of 1968" and alongside the usual interviews with those who lived through it (and the obligatory footage of strikes and demonstrations) are never-before-broadcast comments
recorded in 1968 by Mick Jagger and John Lennon.

More substantially is the British Film Institute season entitled All Power to the Imagination. Over three months starting in April the BFI will host cultural events across London to commemorate 1968. The BFI Southbank will review the student riots in Paris with a series of screenings of films
from the time, including Jean-Luc Godard‘s classic Alphaville. Then in May the
Hayward Gallery will stage the first UK exhibition of propaganda
posters produced by Paris students and workers. More events are planned and will be announced shortly.

Look out for more screenings as May approaches. For more on the BFI season keep checking their website here.