"The function of cinema, whether dramatic or documentary, is to present a false and isolated coherence as a substitute for a communication and activity that is absent. To demystify documentary cinema it is necessary to dissolve its subject matter."
Debord Complete Cinematic Works, 2003, p. 30
Much of what is known as Situationist film came into being after the organization had dissolved in 1972. The Situationist leader, Guy Debord, wrote and directed a few short films as early as 1952, but it was only with his later work in the 1970s that he achieved any broad circulation which would allow his films to influence other film makers. Debord is best known for his theoretical writings on art and literature, but he considered himself a filmmaker first and foremost. His films draw directly from his writings and in many ways demonstrate their ideas by formulating a critique of the spectacle by quoting the spectacle. Film allowed Debord to directly tap into visual cultural memories of modern society and upend the associations and meanings they had acquired till then. The deadpan monotone that Debord employed in the voice over narration his films was intended to work against the urgent visual spectacle the demanded the viewer's attention. Though Debord's films lacked humor, film directors who later adopted this style found there was great potential for undermining a spectacle with a laugh.