It is within the frame of the Venice Lido Film Festival that the anniversaries of the 1968 uprisings have been periodically celebrated, from the years immediately following the outbreak of the "Parisian May" to the turn of the new millennium when "Seventh Art Cinema" reinforced the memory of that season by returning the dreamlike dimension of a unique and joyful revolution. Bernardo Bertolucci, Philippe Garrel e Michele Placido, three film directors of the period who were directly involved in the protests, readdress the narrative of that illusionary fantasy with an appetite for a rematch between utopian imagination and the blunt realism that dominated the last two decades of the 20th century. Forty years later, the three directors find themselves metaphorically back behind camera to defend an increasingly fading memory. Nostalgia regains a positive and constructive value as their films were explicitly dedicated to today’s twenty-somethings in an enthusiastic and naïve pedagogy recounting the dream in all its fragility, aware of the destiny it faced, but forcefully claiming its potency and beauty.
Keywords: 1968 movement, memory, cinema and ’68, Bernardo Bertolucci, Philippe Garrel, Michele Placido