Film Series

May 08 - May 31, 2008
Around '68

Phyllis Wattis Theater

It has been 40 years since May 1968. In political history and popular memory, that month has come to stand for a whole era of political protest. It was the month of les événements, revolt on the streets of Paris and a general strike across France. But it also evokes a year of popular resistance and radical politics around the world - from the United States to Czechoslovakia, Japan, Mexico, Brazil, and beyond. Rightly or wrongly, it also has come to represent a lost time of possibility. In some ways, May 1968 has become too iconic - too loaded with drama, passion, even eroticism. This series does not aim to represent the events of May 1968 directly. Instead, it follows the major currents of that time back into the politics of the postwar period, forward to the brink of the 1980s conservative revival, and around the world, connecting 1968 with the conflicts that marked the end of the colonial era.

$5 general, students, and seniors; free for SFMOMA members or with museum admission (requires a free ticket, which can be picked up in the Haas Atrium). Double features: films offered on the same date are included in one ticket. Tickets are available at SFMOMA (no surcharge) or online.

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Past

Buy tickets One P.M.
D. A. Pennebaker with Jean Luc Godard and Richard Leacock, 1971, 95 min., Beta SP

It has been 40 years since May 1968. In political history and popular memory, that month has come to stand for a whole era of political protest. It was the month of les

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One P.M.
D. A. Pennebaker with Jean Luc Godard and Richard Leacock, 1971, 95 min., Beta SP

Originally titled One A.M. (One American Movie), this collaboration among Pennebaker, Leacock, and Godard hoped to capture Vietnam War protests and what Godard believed to be…

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Buy tickets Rojo amanecer (Red dawn)

Jorge Fons, 1989, 96 min., DVD

Set during the October 1968 Tlatelolco Massacre, just weeks before Mexico City was to host the Olympic Games, Rojo amanecer follows the lives of a middle-class Mexican family living…

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Rojo amanecer (Red dawn)
Jorge Fons, 1989, 96 min., DVD

Set during the October 1968 Tlatelolco Massacre, just weeks before Mexico City was to host the Olympic Games, Rojo amanecer follows the lives of a middle-class Mexican family living…

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Buy tickets If . . .

Lindsay Anderson, 1968, 111 min., 35mm

The cult classic that launched the career of Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange), If... tells the tale of an armed rebellion at a traditional British school. Echoing the May 1968…

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If . . .
Lindsay Anderson, 1968, 111 min., 35mm

The cult classic that launched the career of Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange), If... tells the tale of an armed rebellion at a traditional British school. Echoing the May 1968…

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Buy tickets Les Amants RĂ©guliers (Regular Lovers)

Philippe Garrel, 2005, 178 min., 35mm

A love letter both to French New Wave cinema and to late 1960s French youth culture, Philippe Garrel's Regular Lovers stars the director's son (Louis Garrel, of Bertold Bertolucci's

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Buy tickets Les Amants RĂ©guliers (Regular Lovers)

Philippe Garrel, 2005, 178 min., 35mm

A love letter both to French New Wave cinema and to late 1960s French youth culture, Philippe Garrel's Regular Lovers stars the director's son (Louis Garrel, of Bertold Bertolucci's

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