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Themroc (1973)

Original Title : Themroc
Director : Claude Faraldo
Writer : Claude Faraldo
Genre : Comedy
Country : France
Language : No Dialogues
Producer : François de Lannurien , Helène Vager
Music : Harald Maury
Photography : Jean-Marc Ripert
Distributor : Abaton
IMDB ID : 0069369
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poster for "Themroc" by Claude Faraldo (1973)
Themroc (1973) - Claude Faraldo
 

Starring

Michel Piccoli Anonymous worker
Béatrice Romand La soeur de Themroc
Marilù Tolo La secrétaire
Francesca Romana Coluzzi La voisine
Jeanne Herviale La mère de Themroc
Jean Aron Un ouvrier/Le patron hargneux/Le voisin/Le flic
Stéphane Bouy Le jeune voisin/Un ouvrier/Un flic
Madeleine Damien Le maçon
François Dyrek Un policier
Michel Fortin Un ouvrier/Un CRS
Gégé Un ouvrier
Jean-Michel Haas La jeune voisine
Catherine Mitry Le tailleur de crayons (as Jean Herbert
Roger Riffard 
Sotha 
 

Plot

Themroc is a French film by director Claude Faraldo. It was released in 1973. Made on a low budget with no intelligible dialog, Themroc tells the story of a French blue collar worker who rebels against modern society, reverting into an urban caveman. The film's scenes of incest and cannibalism earned it adults-only ratings, and it featured in the UK's Channel 4's red triangle series of controversial films.
 

Comments

Captures the absurdity of everyday life in a repressive social order, and portrays the infectious poetic revolt ..., 27 December 2006 Author: unruhlee from Oakland, California This film is hilarious. It is inspiring. It captures the absurdity of everyday life in a repressive social order, and portrays the infectious poetic revolt of one man who "goes mad" against authority in every form.It',s interesting that the strategy of liberation in the film revolves around a very personal and playful attack on the architecture most immediate to our lives. This destruction and transformation of space is accompanied by a kind of sexual revolution, disrupting bourgeois family dynamics in a contagious way. Readers may recognize the resonance of these themes with the theory and agitation of the Situationist International, the revolutionary / avant-garde organization credited with sparking the revolt of May 1968 in France. Five years previous to Themroc',s release, millions of people actually did occupy public spaces including universities and factories, creating "passionally superior ambiances" in many cases, armed to a significant extent with Situationist ideas, graffiti slogans from which plastered Paris.Not that seeing Themroc is any substitute for actively engaging the rigorous revolutionary theory of the S.I. (see www.bopsecrets.org). But the film is in a way a dream-like rendition of the Situationist vision of changing life. And in fact, there is a passing reference to Themroc in "Can Dialectics Break Bricks?", a film by Situationist René Vienet: when the hero of that film is confronting the "bureaucrats", some onlookers comment something to the effect that "wow, that guy must have seen Themroc."