1958: Those Who Said No

1958: Those Who Said No 2018

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On October 4, 2018, France celebrated the 60th anniversary of the Fifth Republic. It is a republic born in the throes of the Algerian War and one which—from the day it was founded by General de Gaulle until the presidency of a very Jupiterian Emmanuel Macron—has been assailed as a “Republican monarchy” by partisans of a more assertive parliamentarian state. By revisiting the struggle of those who dared oppose the new regime — only to suffer a crushing defeat on September 28, 1958, when they were barely able to garner 20% of the vote against the constitutional text — this film shines a powerful new light on the origins of the Fifth Republic and its consequences for the next 60 years. It is a constitutional debate that planted the seeds for a complete upheaval of the French political landscape, on the left in particular, and set the country in motion toward what would be called the Union of the Left.

  • Released: 2018-10-06
  • Runtime: 55 minutes
  • Genre: Documentary, TV Movie, History
  • Stars: Philippe Saada, Charles de Gaulle, Pierre Mendès France, Édouard Daladier, François Mitterrand, Michel Debré, Guy Mollet, André Malraux, Jean-Louis Debré, Fernandel, Yves Montand, Jacques Duclos, Paul Reynaud, Pierre Pflimlin, Raoul Salan, Jacques Massu, Pierre Joxe, Jean-François Sirinelli, Charles Hernu, Anicet Le Pors  Show all >
    Antoine Pinay, Félix Houphouët-Boigny, Claude Bourdet, René Coty
  • Director: Philippe Saada