Equally Praised for his innovative ideas and criticized for his contradictions, Jean Paul Sartre remains a major figure in the history of ideas that shaped the 20th century. Yet as one of the Founding father of Existentialism and the quentessentially Politically “engage” philosopher was also to be heavily criticized by many likeminds of his generation notably British George Orwell ( author of 1984), or fellow French colleagues Albert Camus and Raymond Aron for overlooking the true totalitarian nature of some of the major upheavels of the 20th Century notably in such countries like Cuba, China or the Soviet Union. His controversial endorsement of Palestinian terrorism particularly during the Massacre of Israeli Sportsmen at the Munich Olympics in 1972 was to tarnish his image in the Western Intelligenstia.
Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir an Intimate Portrait in 1970’s:
Sartre nevertheless leaves a major bulk of ideas that cannot be reduced to his human or political shortcomings and remains a major thinker of the 20th Century. The French Magazine Marianne has released a Very interesting special Issue on Sartre for the 30th anniversary of his death.
From the Series Human, All Too Human (BBC)
Although a Constitutional Monarchist yet Influenced by Sartre’s “Engagement” ( political activism) Philosophy Iranian Expat and Political activist Fereydoun Farrokhzad speaks about the Artist and his Political responsability (1980’s):
On a Lighter Note: Mrs. Premise and Mrs. Conclusion visit Jean Paul Sartre ( Monty Python’s John Clease and the late Graham Chapman):
Although of a different generation French Author Francoise Sagan was greatly influenced by Sartre’s Existentionalism
Scene from Film inspired by Sagan’s Novel Bonjour Tristesse (1958) starring New Wave Star Jean Seberg and David Niven:
French Star Singer Yves Montand ( L’engagement Contre Les Dictature Gauche Et Droite ):
Les Feuilles Mortes:
Montand was a “compagnon de Route” of Sartre and the Communist Party without ever being a member before becoming one of his staunchest Critics notably after the events of Tchekoslovakia and other crushed upheavels of the Easter Bloc Revolts: