Revolution is in the Streets: The Sixties from an International Perspective: Viva Maria! May 05, 2008

May 05, 2008

Film Screening at the Goethe Institut

Viva Maria!
France/Italy, 1965, 119 min., DVD, English, Director: Louis Malle Screenplay: Louis Malle and Jean-Claude Carrière Cast: Brigitte Bardot, Jeanne Moreau, George Hamilton

Introduced by Martin Klimke, research fellow, German Historical Institute

Anarchist Maria I is wanted by the police when she mets Maria II, an actress and bar singer. The two women share their experiences – about revolution and about love. A Western comedy that had a significant impact on leading figures of the West German student movement.

Louis Malle’s films Atlantic City and Au revoir, les enfants were each nominated for an Academy Award in the eighties. 

Revolution is in the Streets: The Sixties from an International Perspective

The "Sixties," especially the pivotal year of 1968, were a global phenomenon, witnessing protest movements in places as far apart as Chicago, Berlin, Mexico City, Prague, Paris and Rome. In the public memory of numerous countries, images of generational revolt, countercultural liberation and confrontations with the authorities are closely tied with those years.

This series highlights some of these events through the eyes of contemporary films, and discusses their legacies with former participants and scholars of this turbulent time.