from Guy Debord

To Gerard Lebovici
11 September 1983
Dear Gerard:

I communicate to you an idea that is late, but important. It seems obvious to me that the films at the Cujas[1] must be arranged in this way:[2]

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday:
On the passage . . . (1959)
The Society of the Spectacle (1973)

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday:
Refutation . . . (1975)
In girum . . . (1978)

Thus, we keep the chronological order and also the normal order of the screening of short films before the long ones. We will not need to resort to the strange situation of a short film serving as a "postface" for want of having other means of presenting it. Here, each of the people who have seen The Society will have the opportunity to see and the time to reflect before seeing Refutation four days later. Moreover, for the screening of each film, there will be a much better "theoretico-lyrical" balance.

What do you think about the display-programme?

It will also be necessary to remember to have quite large photocopies to display, in sequence, all of the pages from Rubbish and Debris[3] in the theatre.

See you in Arles soon. Best wishes,

[1] Theater that Gerard Lebovici leased to show Guy Debord's films.

[2] Translator's note: note the exclusion of two of Debord's films: Hurlements en faveur Sade (1952) and La Critique de la Separation (1961).

[3] Translator's note: The book that gathered together fourteen film reviews of In girum imus nocte et consumimur igni that were written and published in 1981. The book itself was published by Editions Champ Libre in 1982.

(Published in Guy Debord Correspondance, Vol 5: Janvier 1979-Decembre 1987 by Librairie Artheme Fayard, 2006. Translated from the French by NOT BORED! May 2007. Footnotes by Alice Debord, except where noted.)

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