restricted access French Cinema Is Over (France, 1952)

This tract, distributed at the Cannes Film Festival, appeared at the same time as the first and only issue of Ion, the Lettriste journal dedicated to cinema, which also included Guy Debord’s first published work (see Debord, “Prolegomena for All Future Cinema” in chap. 1 of this volume). The Lettristes, self-described “men of the new cinema,” disrupted the festival to such an extent that they were arrested.