Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Chris Marker and François Reichenbach

Chris Marker and François Reichenbach's 1968 short film, The Sixth Side of the Pentagon (La sixième face du pentagone), documents the front lines of a demonstration against the Vietnam War. The cameraman and sound recorders are right in the middle of a 100,000 person event outside the Pentagon on October 21, 1967: we see young people yelling (top still), marching with banners, burning draft cards, and facing the Military Police (second still). Eventually, men with guns beat back the crowd (third and fourth stills). The overall mood of the footage recalls this year's mass protests in the Middle East. As the stills show, protesters holding 35mm film cameras documented the action in 1968; cell phones have replaced them (bottom still: Tahrir Square, Cairo, January 2011).
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