Guy Debord Filmography


Hurlements en faveur de Sade [Howls for Sade]
France, 1952
Written and directed by Guy Debord
Voice 1: Gil J Wolman
Voice 2: Guy Debord
Voice 3: Serge Berna
Voice 4: Barbara Rosenthal
Voice 5: Jean-Isidore Isou
35mm, B&W, 75 minutes

Sur le passage de quelques personnes à travers une assez courte unité de temps
[On the Passage of a Few Persons Through a Rather Brief Unity of Time]
France, 1959
Written and directed by Guy Debord.
Assistant Director: Ghislain de Marbaix
Cameraman: André Mrugalski
Assistant Cameraman: Jean Harnois
Editing: Chantal Delattre
Continuity: Michèle Vallon
Grip: Bernard Largemain
Voice 1: Jean Harnois
Voice 2: Guy Debord
Voice 3: Claude Brabant
Music: George Frederick Handel, Michel-Richard Delalande
Laboratory: GTC Joinville
Production: Dansk-Fransk Experimental- filmskompagni
35mm, B&W, 18 minutes

Critique de la séparation [Critique of Separation]
France, 1961
Written and directed by Guy Debord
Cameraman: André Mrugalski
Assistant Cameraman: Bernard Davidson
Editing: Chantal Delattre
Continuity: Claude Brabant
Grip: Bernard Largemain
Music: François Couperin, Joseph Bodin de Boismortier
Voice: Guy Debord
Voice (during the credits): Caroline Rittener
Actress: Caroline Rittener
Laboratory: GTC Joinville
Production: Dansk-Fransk Experimental- filmskompagni
35mm, B&W, 19 minutes

La Société du Spectacle [The Society of the Spectacle]
France, 1973
Written and directed by Guy Debord (adapted from his 1967 book)
Assistant Directors: Jean-Jacques Raspaud, Gianfranco Sanguinetti
Cameraman: Antonis Georgakis
Assistant Cameraman: Philippe Delpont
Editing: Martine Barraqué
Editing Assistant: Manoela Ferreira
Documentalist: Suzanne Schiffmann
Sound: Antoine Bonfanti
Production Director: Christian Lentretien
Music: Michel Corrette
Laboratory: GTC Joinville
Production: Simar Films
Producer: Gérard Lebovici
Voice: Guy Debord
35mm, B&W, 90 minutes

Réfutation de tous les jugements, tant élogieux qu’hostiles, qui ont été jusqu’ici portés sur le film “La Société du Spectacle”
[Refutation of All the Judgments, Pro or Con, Thus Far Rendered on the Film “The Society of the Spectacle”]
France, 1975
Written and directed by Guy Debord
Editing: Martine Barraqué
Editing Assistant: Paul Griboff
Sound Mixing: Paul Bertauld
Laboratory: GTC Joinville
Production: Simar Films
Producer: Gérard Lebovici
Voice: Guy Debord
35mm, B&W, 20 minutes

In girum imus nocte et consumimur igni [We turn in the night, consumed by fire]
France, 1978
Written and directed by Guy Debord
Assistant Directors: Elisabeth Gruet, Jean-Jacques Raspaud
Cameraman: André Mrugalski
Assistant Cameraman: Richard Copans
Editing: Stéphanie Granel
Editing Assistant: Christine Noël
Grip: Bernard Largemain
Sound Mixing: Dominique Dalmasso
Sound Effects: Jérôme Levy
Documentalist: Joëlle Barjolin
Music: François Couperin; Benny Golson (Whisper Not, performed by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers)
Laboratory: GTC Joinville
Production: Simar Films
Producer: Gérard Lebovici
Voice: Guy Debord
35mm, B&W, 105 minutes

Guy Debord, son art et son temps [Guy Debord: His Art and His Time]
France, 1994
Written by Guy Debord
Directed by Guy Debord and Brigitte Cornand
Editing: Jean-Pierre Baiesy
Production: Canal Plus, Institut national d’audiovisuel
Producer: Alain de Greef
Music: Lino Leonardi (originally written for François Villon’s Testament).
Video, B&W, 60 minutes

Except for a few brief evocations of Debord’s “art” during the first ten minutes or so, most of this “antitelevisual” video consists of television clips illustrating the extreme degradation and delirium of the present society. It’s a powerful denunciation, but not so deft and subtle as Debord’s films, perhaps because it was made during the worsening stages of his final illness. Presumably intended as a parting shot at the society he detested, it was completed shortly before his death in November 1994 and shown January 9, 1995, on a French cable channel along with La Société du Spectacle and Réfutation de tous les jugements (whence the video copies that have since circulated). Debord stated that In girum was his last film and does not seem to have considered this video as part of his “complete cinematic works,” so it has not been included in the present collection. The French script of the video can be found in Debord's Oeuvres (Gallimard, 2006), pp. 1870-1878. Queries about it should be addressed to Brigitte Cornand, c/o Canal Plus, 85/89 Quai André Citroën, 75711 Paris cedex 15, France. [The video, with English subtitles, can now be viewed here.]


Unrealized Film Projects

Hurlements en faveur de Sade (first version)
     The initial script, published in the lettrist journal Ion #1 (April 1952) and reprinted in Berréby’s Documents relatifs à la fondation de l’Internationale Situationniste (pp. 113-123), was rather different from the final version (though it included many of the same lines) and also specified a number of images. Soon thereafter Debord revised the script and eliminated all the images, and this earlier version was never realized.

La belle jeunesse [Beautiful Youth]
     Mentioned, along with other proposed films by other LI members, in Internationale Lettriste #3 (1953; reproduced in Berréby, Documents, p. 157).

Portrait d’Ivan Chtcheglov [Portrait of Ivan Chtcheglov]

Les aspects ludiques manifestes et latents dans la Fronde [Hidden and Manifest Playful Aspects in the Fronde]

Éloge de ce que nous avons aimé dans les images d’une époque [Homage to What We’ve Loved in the Images of an Era]

Préface à une nouvelle théorie du mouvement révolutionnaire [Preface to a New Theory of the Revolutionary Movement]

     These four titles were listed on the back cover of Contre le Cinéma (1964) as films that Debord proposed to make if he could find a producer willing to grant him total artistic freedom. This did not happen until he met Gérard Lebovici several years later. (The more modest production expenses of Debord’s earlier short films were covered by Asger Jorn.) Although none of these projects were ever realized, elements from some of them were probably incorporated into Debord’s later films.

Traité de savoir-vivre à l’usage des jeunes générations [Treatise on Living for the Young Generations]
     In an internal SI letter (April 27, 1970) Debord mentioned that in addition to filming his own book (The Society of the Spectacle) he would also like to film Raoul Vaneigem’s Traité (known in English as The Revolution of Everyday Life). The bitter split between the two shortly thereafter prevented this from ever happening.

De l’Espagne [On Spain]
     Des Contrats includes a 1982 contract between Debord and Soprofilms (owned by Lebovici but distinct from Simar Films) granting Debord an allowance for an 18-month period during which he would investigate the feasibility of making a long film (2-4 hours) that would represent “an exhaustive and definitive examination of the spirit of modern Spain, from the fifteenth century to the present. Avoiding both exoticism and patriotism, this film will not express what foreigners (Europeans, Americans, Japanese, etc.) may imagine about this subject, nor even what Spaniards themselves may believe, but what Spain really is.” The film would have examined contemporary Spain, but would also have included historical reenactments; and “for several obvious historical and cultural reasons” it would have been “centered on Andalusia.” It is unclear how serious Debord was about this project. In any case, following the assassination of Lebovici (March 1984) he abandoned it.


From Guy Debord’s Complete Cinematic Works (AK Press, 2003, translated and edited by Ken Knabb), which includes the scripts of all six of Debord’s films along with illustrations, documents, and extensive annotations. For further information, see Guy Debord’s Films.

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