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Society of the Spectacle

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Original publication: La société du spectacle (Paris: Buchet-Chastel, 1967)

English Translations

The Society of the Spectacle, translated by Donald Nicholson-Smith (New York: Zone Books, 1994) [HTML pages] [PDF file]


Comments on the Society of the Spectacle (1988), translated by Donald Nicholson-Smith (New York: Zone Books, 1994)

The Society of the Spectacle, newly translated and annotated by Ken Knabb (Bureau of Public Secrets, 2014) [HTML pages]


The Nicholson-Smith & Knabb translations are recommended. The first English translation (below) was first published, with illustrations, in 1970 and revised in 1977.

Society of the Spectacle, revised translation by Fredy Perlman et al (Detroit: Black & Red, 1977) [HTML page]

Society of the Spectacle, revised translation by Fredy Perlman et al (Detroit: Black & Red, 1977) [HTML pages]  from the Situationist International Library

Society of the spectacle - Guy Debord - Libcom: 4 formats, different translations & editions

Society of the Spectacle, translation by Fredy Perlman et al (Detroit: Black & Red, 1970) [PDF of original edition]

Film / Video

La Société du spectacle (Society of the Spectacle) 1973 (Simar Films) - Wikipedia

Guy Debord - Society of the Spectacle, 1973 pt. 1 – YouTube in French with English subtitles (9:37 min)

Guy Debord - Society of the Spectacle, 1973 pt. 2 (9:59 min)
Guy Debord - Society of the Spectacle, 1973 pt. 3 (9:12 min)
Guy Debord - Society of the Spectacle, 1973 pt. 4 (9:32 min)
Guy Debord - Society of the Spectacle, 1973 pt. 5 (8:31 min)
Guy Debord - Society of the Spectacle, 1973 pt. 6 (9:19 min)
Guy Debord - Society of the Spectacle, 1973 pt. 7 (9:40 min)
Guy Debord - Society of the Spectacle, 1973 pt. 8 (8:25 min)
Guy Debord - Society of the Spectacle, 1973 pt. 9 (9:03 min)
Guy Debord - Society of the Spectacle, 1973 pt. 10 (4:55 min)

Society of the Spectacle (1973) (UbuWeb) with English subtitles, in 2 segments: part 1 (45:45 min), part 2 (42:24) & notes

Complete translation of the soundtrack by Ken Knabb

The Society of the Spectacle  Pt 1 (9:27 min)
Guy Debord’s 1967 text, remade into a contemporary context. Also includes Marshall McLuhan and John Berger. Made by Aska, sound by Pippin Kenworthy

The Society of the Spectacle Pt 2 (9:12 min)


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