The For the Madman the Neighbor Is Himself film series gives a unique glimpse into the events surrounding the Cephalic Wars. They include contemporary media coverage, a biographical movie and a fascinating analysis of the Games. After a century of neglect following the truce that ended the Cephalic Wars, the legacy of Mr. Leader’s ambition again comes to light. Recent conferences have stimulated reassessments by scholars of Leader’s larger achievement. There has been a surge of criticism of the proposed ideology, which brought to bear psychoanalytic, theological and national- historical interests. Leader’s is the story of a zealous disintegration of the individual subject – a tale of an outcast, at once terrifying, pitiful, and funny. This group of films illustrates this complex struggle in all of its perspectives.
The Cephalic Wars: The Search for an Ever-fleeting Sense, 2011 16mm film, 5’ 51’’
THE CEPHALIC WARS: THE SEARCH FOR AN EVER-FLEETING SENSE is the last of a series of three documentaries dedicated to this period. Despite the name, this film did not focus on the armed conflict but on the ideology of the wars. To this day it remains one of the most articulate analysis of a Logic that frequently escapes definition. In this short film the viewer is walked through the foundations of the ideology and it’s development into the absolute rejection of Logic and Reason. It shows the process that let to the championing of a Thought system methodologically based on Unreason.