from Guy Debord

To Floriana Lebovici[1]
Arles, 25 April 1984
Dear Floriana:

The contract that I signed with Soprofilms[2] on 5 October 1982, and will soon expire, obliges me to communicate my conclusions after a period of eighteen months. I reveal them for you here.

The importance of the subject, the relative brevity of the period, the consideration of a horrible assassination[3] that exactly marks in an indelible manner the conditions of French cinematographic production, among other conditions; briefly, this collection of reasons leads me to declare that I believe myself currently unable to propose to Soprofilms a suitable manner of treating the project, "Of Spain."

As for the everyday defrayments that remain due me, I propose to calculate them over an actual period of stays in Spain lasting only 15 months.

Please believe, Dear Floriana, the assurance of my most respectful sentiments.

Guy Debord

[1] Registered letter.

[2] Translator's note: Soprofilms replaced Simar Films, which produced Debord's last three films (1973-1978).

[3] The murder of Floriana's husband, Gerard Lebovici, on 5 March 1985.

(Published in Guy Debord, Des Contrats, 1995. Reprinted in Guy Debord Correspondance, Vol 6: Janvier 1979-Decembre 1987 by Librairie Artheme Fayard, 2006. Footnotes by Alice Becker, except where noted. Translated from the French by NOT BORED! March 2007.)

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