(1978, Guy Debord) is In girum imus nocte et consumimur igni world cinema classic #187
I watched all of this film yesterday, sparked by a renewed interest in
Guy Debord, who I probably discovered in June 1994 (exactly 20 years ago) via the Wired article by R. U. Sirius on French theory, back in the day when Wired was a cool magazine.
There are several reasons why the life and work of Guy Debord should quicken your imagination:
The cover of his book
is made of Mémoires sandpaper to maximize damage to neighboring books when placed in and out the library shelf. His
anti-film consists of Howlings in Favour of de Sade black and white screens (no images) during 52 minutes.
His citing of Feuerbach’s . The Essence of Christianity He is the protagonist of the excellent read
. Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the 20th Century He defined the term
psychogeography and practiced and la dérive . détournement
I also posted two ‘Debord’ photos
  on Tumblr.
I spent a considerable amount of time researching
Wilhelm Reich over the weekend and I’m not done yet: I’m watching the Austrian documentary film Wer hat Angst vor Wilhelm Reich?  as I write this post. Above is the cartoon “The Man Who Boxed Sex,” a malicious parody of the ‘Orgone energy accumulator’ of Wilhelm Reich. Before leaving this space, be sure to check Kate Bush’s video of “Cloudbusting” (see link below).
These biographical notes are the fruit of my labour:
Wilhelm Reich (24 March 1897 – 3 November 1957) was an Austrian psychoanalyst, a member of the second generation of psychoanalysts after Sigmund Freud, and one of the most radical figures in the history of psychiatry.
He is chiefly remembered for three things. He tried to synthesize
Marxism and psychoanalysis in studies of fascism, producing the book, , inventing The Mass Psychology of Fascism Freudo-Marxism. He claimed discovery of what he called orgone energy, which many scientists still dispute and call pseudoscience. The persecution of him and his theories by the Nazi Gestapo in Germany, and later the US government (which burned his books) until his death in a US prison.
Reich continues to influence popular culture. Yugoslavian director
Dušan Makavejev made a film about him, (1971) and W.R.: Mysteries of the Organism Kate Bush‘s single “ Cloudbusting“  (1985) describes Reich’s arrest through the eyes of his son, Peter, who wrote his father’s story in (1973); the video for the song features A Book of Dreams Donald Sutherland as Reich and Bush as Peter.
He was featured in the documentary
(2002) by The Century of the Self Adam Curtis.