La Chinoise + Invocation of My Demon Brother
DIRECTOR: JEAN-LUC GODARD
CAST: ANNE WIAZEMSKY, JEAN-PIERRE LéAUD, JULIET BERTO
INVOCATION OF MY DEMON BROTHER
Director: Kenneth Anger
1969 / 12 mins / 16mm
Magical Thinking: 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 cinephile 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, filmed in San Francisco and London and with a relentless soundtrack composed by Mick Jagger, is a more deliberate attempt to cast a spell.
Total runtime: 107 mins
Screening in the series Everything Was Now.