1968: Another Look

1968 is the 40th anniversary of that year of student violence.  I can’t say it’s something that has ever interested me too much, but it’s up there on my list of things to know about, along with another turbulent year, 1848.

My interest in this anniversary has just been stoked up by what may be the most perverted film that I have seen in a long time – “The Dreamers” by Bernardo Bertolucci.  It tells the story of a young Yank living in Paris who by dint of a passion for old cinema falls in love with a pair of twins, one played by the luscious Eva Green.  When I say in love with both of them, I mean both, as the twins were formerly conjoined at the shoulder and although physically separated, their minds seem to be as one.  Cue all kinds of ridiculous and I do mean ridiculous situations. It’s all very fucked up and they all get hurt.  The ’68 student riots are a backdrop to all of this for much of the film and in the end it destroys the three young people whom the film is centred on.  Very sad.

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