“An ascetic prince wanders aimlessly, lectures at a university, wanders again, meets other underfed individuals, plunges into the maze of the city, wanders again, discovers virgin forest and builds a community, feels trapped, returns by himself, wanders in desperation, arrives at a crossroads at night-time, insults a woman passing by and apologizes immediately.”

– Philippe Azoury

Jackie Raynal and Laurent Condominas in  ACÉPHALE  (1968)

Jackie Raynal and Laurent Condominas in ACÉPHALE (1968)

“The film’s title is lifted from Bataille and means literally the headless man, prefiguring director Patrick Deval’s desire to push beyond rational ways of thinking through a combination of Eastern religion and revolutionary symbolism. The opening image of a head being shaved accompanied by the sound of a saw suggests the violence this may entail but also evokes the anger and desire for change in post-68 Paris. The film documents a ‘headless’ group of young people living in the woods and an abandoned subway station, their marginalized status detailed through direct camera address and obscure theatrics. The sentiments expressed can feel dated but the oneiric imagery is often unforgettable.”

– Kieron Corless, Vertigo, Summer 20



Format: DVD-PAL / Region 0
(No Regional Code)


(France, 1968)

Director: Patrick Deval
Editor: Jackie Raynal
Producer: Sylvina Boissonas
Production Company: Zanzibar Films
Cast: Jacques Baratier, Michael Chapman, Laurent Condominas, Patrick Deval, Christian Ledoux, Edouard, Niermans, Jackie Raynal, Ève Ridoux, Audrey Vipond

• 56 minutes
• 35mm
• B&W
• Sound


Bonus Material

(France, 1968)

• 20 minutes
• 16mm
• B&W
• Sound


Total Running Time: 01:16:29

Language: French. English, Spanish, German & Italian subtitles

Booklet Text: Patrick Deval & Philippe Azoury (Bilingual English & French)

Published By: Re:Voir Video

Institutional Price: $250 (plus shipping)

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