On the Other Side: Filming Supporters of Conservatism in May 1968 France

Around ’68
By Sébastien Layerle

In May 1968 two film directors, Peter Kassovitz and Claude Otzenberger, were sent by the General Status of French Film to interview supporters of social and political order: Gaullist activists or followers, business managers, police trade-union officials, associations of people repatriated from Algeria, and activists of the far right. However, they were not able to turn their pictures into full-fledge documentary films. Seven of their film documents are now preserved in Paris in the Forum des Images. These unfinished products are a useful new source to understand the motivations of the opposite forces in French society during the movement of 1968.


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