Le Lit de la vierge

The Virgin's Bed

Philippe GarrelFrance95 minutes1970PGB&WFrench

View Le Lit de la vierge during the Sally Shafto on Le Lit de la vierge event.

Filmed in vivid 35mm black-and-white widescreen and described by the director as "a non-violent parable… [that] contains a denunciation of the police repression of 1968," Garrel's second film with the Zanzibar Group (after Le Révélateur) is a dreamlike modern retelling of the Christ story, starring Pierre Clémenti as Jesus and Zouzou as both the Virgin Mary and Mary Magdalene. "Filmed in the smolder[ing] ashes of the failed social revolution[,] Le Lit de la vierge [is] an impassioned, reflexive apologia composed in the fog of a drug-fuelled delirium that not only reflected [an] implicit denial [of] the failure of the revolution, but also served to reinforce the counterculture generation's delusive posture as alienated and discarded messianic ideologues who, nevertheless, continue to hold the keys to an ever-receding utopian paradise" (acquarello, Strictly Film School).