Howlings in Favour of De Sade

64 min

Howls for Sade,

a film by Guy-Ernest Debord.

Howls for Sade is

dedicated to Gil J Wolman.

Article 115.

If a person has ceased to appear

at his place of residence...

and nothing has been heard

concerning him for four years,

interested parties...

may petition the civil court

to officially recognize...

the absence of said person.

Love is valid only in a

pre-revolutionary period.

Those girls dont all

love you, you liar!

Arts begin, grow, and disappear...

because dissatisfied people...

break through the world

of official expressions...

and go beyond its

festivals of poverty.

Tell me, did you sleep

with Franoise?

What a springtime!

Crib sheet for the history of film:

of Doctor Caligari.

Birth of Guy-Ernest Debord.

Howls for Sade.

Just as the projection

was about to begin,

Guy-Ernest Debord was supposed

to step onto the stage...

and make a few

introductory remarks.

Had he done so, he'd simply

have said:
"There is no film.

Cinema is dead.

No more films are possible.

If you wish, we can

move on to a discussion.

Article 516.

Property is either

real or personal.

In order never to

be alone again.

She is ugliness and beauty

like everything we love today.

The arts of the future can be nothing

less than disruptions of situations.

In the cafs of


You know, I like you a lot.

A sizable commando of

some thirty lettrists,

all wearing the filthy uniform...

that is their only really

original trademark,

showed up at Cannes

determined to provoke a scandal...

that would draw attention to themselves.

Happiness is a new idea in Europe.

I know people only by their actions.

In other respects they are

indistinguishable from each other.

In the final analysis, we are

differentiated only by our works.

And their revolts

became conformisms.

Article 488.

The age of adulthood is 21 years;

a person of that age is capable

of all acts of civil life.

She constantly reappeared

in his memory,

in a flash like sodium fireworks

on contact with water.

He was well aware that nothing

of his exploits would remain...

in a town that revolves with the Earth,

as the Earth revolves within a galaxy

that is only an insignificant

part of a tiny island...

endlessly receding from us.

Totally dark, eyes closed to

the enormity of the disaster.

A science of situations needs to be

created, which will incorporate...

elements from psychology,

statistics, urbanism, and ethics.

These elements must be

focused on a totally new goal:

the conscious creation of situations.

Lines from a 1950 newspaper:

Popular Young Radio Actress

Throws Herself Into the Isre. Grenoble.


Madeleine Reineri,

who under the stage name Pirouette starred

in the Alpes-Grenoble radio program...

Happy Thursdays, threw herself into

the Isre River Friday afternoon...

after having placed her

schoolbag on the bank.

Little sister, were

not a pretty sight.

The river and the misery continue.

We are powerless.

But no one talks about

Sade in this film.

The cold of interstellar space,

thousands of degrees

below freezing or...

the absolute zero of Fahrenheit,

Centigrade or Raumur:

the incipient intimations

of proximate dawn.

The rapid passage of Jacques

Vach through the wartime sky,

his overwhelming sense of urgency,

the catastrophic haste that

led him to destroy himself;

the whipcracking spirit of Arthur Cravan

who vanished in the Gulf of

Mexico around that same time...

Article 1793.

When an architect or contractor

contracts with a landowner...

to construct a building...

in accordance with an agreed

plan and for a specified payment,

he cannot demand any increase

in that payment on any grounds,

whether because of an increase

in the work force or materials...

or because of any changes...

or additions made to the plan,

unless such changes, additions

or increases have been...

authorized in writing and the new payment

has been agreed to by the landowner.

The perfection of suicide

lies in its ambiguity.

What is a one and only love?

I will answer only in the

presence of my attorney.

Order reigns but does not govern.

The first marvel is to come before her

without knowing how to talk to her.

The imprisoned hands move no faster

than race horses filmed in slow motion

as they touch her mouth and breasts;

in all innocence the

ropes become water

and we roll together toward dawn.

I dont think well ever

see each other again.

The lights of the winter

streets will end near a kiss.

Paris was real fun because

of the transportation strike.

Jack the Ripper was never caught.

Telephones, theyre funny.

What a love-challenge,

as Madame de Sgur said.

Ill tell you some real scary stories

from my part of the country,

but they have to be told at night.

My dear Ivich,

unfortunately there are fewer

Chinatowns than you think.

You are fifteen years old.

One of these days people will

stop wearing such gaudy colors.

I already knew you.

Continental drift carries you

farther away each day.

The virgin forest is

less virgin than you.

Guy, one more minute

and itll be tomorrow.

Gun Crazy. You remember.

Thats how it was.

No one was good enough for us.


The hailstones on the banners of glass.

We wont forget this cursed planet.

Theyll be famous someday,

youll see!

I will never accept the scandalous

and scarcely credible fact...

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Guy Debord

Guy Louis Debord (French: [gi dəbɔʁ]; 28 December 1931 – 30 November 1994) was a French Marxist theorist, philosopher, filmmaker, member of the Letterist International, founder of a Letterist faction, and founding member of the Situationist International (SI). He was also briefly a member of Socialisme ou Barbarie. more…

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