Anarchy 17

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Contents of No. 17

July 1962

Towards a Lumpen-Proletariat G. 193
Education vs. the Working Class Martin Small 198
Freedom of Access Donald Rooum 203
Benevolent Bureaucracy Maurine Blancke 211
CD and CND: Are they Opposed? G. H. Petch 216
Follow-Up: Anarchy & Cinema Donald Nicholson-Smith 222
Cover and titles by Rufus Segar  
Cover drawings by Barney Wan  


Anarchy 6, on “Anarchy and Cinema”, (in which, besides the contributions of experimental film-makers there were articles on the work of Jean Vigo, Luis Buñuel and Robert Flaherty), turned out to be a harbinger of the current season of Anarchist Cinema at the National Film Theatre. Organised by Alan Lovell, the film critic of Peace News, it brings a rare opportunity to cinema enthusiasts—in the London area at least—which film societies in other areas might emulate. The season opened with “The Anarchist Attack”, a programme consisting of Vigo’s A Propos de Nice, Buñuel’s L’Age d’Or, and Franju’s Le Sang de Bêtes, and it has continued with performances of Vigo’s L’Atalante and Zéro de Conduite, Buñuel’s Land Without Bread, Robinson Crusoe, Abismos de Pasion, The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz and Mazarin, and Franju’s The Keepers, Hôtel des Invalides, and Eyes Without a Face. The “Anarchist Humour” programme on June 29th included films of Spike Milligan and the Goons, as well as the Polish Two Men and a Wardrobe. “Anarhism Today” on July 10th will consist of short films from Poland, Czechoslovakia and America, and the season will end on July 14th—Bastille Day—with two programmes on “British Anarchism”. The afternoon session at 3.00 will consist of Thursday’s Children, The Vision of William Blake, Via Crucis and Four People. The evening session at 7.00 will consist of a film-illustrated talk by Alan Lovell as well as a discussion by British artists about their own work, and in what way it could be called anarchist.

The season looks to me like an augury. It is rash to make this sort of prophesy, but I would think that the really creative ideas in our cinema for the next few years are more likely to come from directors who respond to Buñuel and Vigo and Truffaut and the Goons than from the people who are still fighting the battle for what is wearyingly called social realism. When the label is hung like a service medal on the breast of any timid and unimaginative film we produce, it means less and less; and it has always been handed out to the wrong people—Shelagh Delaney, for instance, is a deeply poetic writer, and Alan Sillitoe is a born anarchist.

Penelope Gilliatt: “Saved by the Anarchists”
The Observer 3/6/62

Other issues of ANARCHY

  1. Sex-and-Violence; Galbraith; the New Wave, Education, Opportunity, Equality.
  2. Workers’ Control.
  3. What does anarchism mean today?; Africa; the Long Revolution; Exceptional Children.
  4. De-institutionalisation; Conflicting strains in anarchism.
  5. 1936: the Spanish Revolution.
  6. Anarchy and the Cinema.
  7. Adventure Playgrounds.
  8. Anarchists and Fabians; Action Anthropology; Eroding Capitalism; Orwell.
  9. Prison.
  10. Sillitoe’s Key to the Door; MacInnes on Crime; Augustus John’s Utopia; Committee of 100 and Industry.
  11. Paul Goodman; Neill on Education; the Character-Builders.
  12. Who are the anarchists?
  13. Direct Action.
  14. Disobedience.
  15. The work of David Wills.
  16. Ethics of anarchism; Africa; Anthropology; Poetry of Dissent.


We are grateful to Barney Wan and his editor, Jocelyn Stevens for permission to reproduce his drawings from The Queen for May 15th and 22nd, where they adorned Colin MacInnes’s article on “The Anarchists”.

Coming soon in ANARCHY

Comprehensive Schools
Anarchy and the Theatre
Secondary Modern

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