Guy Debord Film Next Sunday (March 29)
Date: 2015-03-23 10:18
From: “Ken Knabb” <email@example.com>
Guy Debord’s film IN GIRUM IMUS NOCTE ET CONSUMIMUR IGNI
will be shown next Sunday, March 29, 7:00 p.m., at the Omni Building,
4799 Shattuck, Oakland. http://mapq.st/1-7kwiLhYi
Suggested donation $10-$20, but no one will be turned away. All proceeds
will go to AK Press/AK Distribution. AK has been a major publisher and
distributor of anarchist and other radical literature for 25 years. Their
warehouse in Oakland just suffered major damage from a fire, so with this
benefit and others to come we want to help them get back on their feet.
Guy Debord (1931-1994) was the most influential figure in the
Situationist International, the notorious subversive group that played
a key role in provoking the May 1968 revolt in France.
“In girum imus nocte et consumimur igni” (1978, 105 minutes) is Debord’s
sixth and final film. The title is a Latin palindrome meaning “We turn in the
night, consumed by fire.” The film is at once an autobiographical reflection
and a scathing denunciation of the ever-increasing moral and material
degradation of modern capitalist society. Many people consider it Debord’s
masterpiece. All of his films are brilliant in their diverse ways, but in this
astonishing summation of his life and work he really pulls out all the stops.
As he also did with Debord’s earlier film, “The Society of the Spectacle,”
filmmaker Konrad Steiner has taken the original French film and produced
an English overdubbed version, using Ken Knabb’s translation as interpreted
on the sound track by artist/scholar Dore Bowen. Ripped DVD clips from
the quoted films (which in Debord’s film were all in French) have been
re-rendered into English. This version enables viewers to better appreciate
the complex interplay between montage, image, and language that make
up Debord’s reflections on his life and his era — and on the later era that
he so accurately saw coming, the era that we are now trying to find our
way out of.
Ken will introduce the film, and he and Konrad and Dore will be on hand
afterwards for questions and discussion.
For more information on this showing, see
For more information on Debord’s films, see