About La chinoise/Invocation of My Demon Brother

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Comedy, Drama, Horror
MAGICAL THINKING La chinoise (1967) Directed by Jean-Luc Godard
Invocation of My Demon Brother (1969) Directed by Kenneth Anger

Five young militants, including Jean-Luc Godard’s future wife Anne Wiazemsky, establish a Maoist cell in a spacious Paris apartment left vacant for the summer by its bourgeois owners, and then argue their way towards an act of political terror. There’s a cineaste myth that La chinoise, which opened in New York on April 3, 1968, inspired the Columbia students who, three weeks later, began occupying campus buildings. Kenneth Anger’s sinister and frenzied Invocation of My Demon Brother (12 min.), filmed in San Francisco and London with a relentless soundtrack composed by Mick Jagger, is a more deliberate attempt to cast a spell. La chinoise is in French with English subtitles. (2K DCP/16mm. Presentation)

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