France

Jean-Luc Godard – Film socialisme AKA Socialism (2010)

29f7c043f76a2bde437fd0d52a185152

A symphony in three movements. Things such as a Mediterranean cruise, numerous conversations, in numerous languages, between the passengers, almost all of whom are on holiday… Our Europe. At night, a sister and her younger brother have summoned their parents to appear before the court of their childhood. The children demand serious explanations of the themes of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity. Our humanities. Visits to six sites of true or false myths: Egypt, Palestine, Odessa, Hellas, Naples and Barcelona. (IMDb) Read More »

Jean-Luc Godard – Made in U.S.A. (1966)

29f7c043f76a2bde437fd0d52a185152

With its giddily complex noir plot and color-drenched widescreen images, Made in U.S.A was a final burst of exuberance from Jean-Luc Godard’s early sixties barrage of delirious movie-movies. Yet this chaotic crime thriller and acidly funny critique of consumerism—starring Anna Karina as the most brightly dressed private investigator in film history, searching for a former lover who might have been assassinated—also points toward the more political cinema that would come to define Godard. Featuring characters with names such as Richard Nixon, Robert McNamara, David Goodis, and Doris Mizoguchi, and appearances by a slapstick Jean-Pierre Léaud and a sweetly singing Marianne Faithfull, this piece of pop art is like a Looney Tunes rendition of The Big Sleep gone New Wave. (Criterion) Read More »

Jean-Luc Godard – Scénario de ‘Sauve qui peut la vie’ AKA Scenario for Every Man for Himself (1979)

29f7c043f76a2bde437fd0d52a185152

In Scénario de ‘Sauve qui peut la vie’ (1979), director Jean Luc Godard discusses many of the themes, motifs and film-making practices that would eventually be utilised in the creation of his following film, Sauve qui peut (la vie) (1980). The film is interesting in the same way that Leos Carax’s later short film Sans Titre (1996) was interesting; offering us a window into his particular creative world and establishing many of the ideas and characteristics that would later be found in Carax’s own underrated masterpiece Pola X (1999). Carax, of course, is one of the filmmakers most clearly influenced by Godard, even appearing as an actor in Godard’s widely criticised adaptation of King Lear (1987), as well as paying homage to the older filmmaker with his earliest films, Boy Meets Girl (1984) and Mauvais Sang (1986). Read More »

Jean-Luc Godard – Passion (1982)

29f7c043f76a2bde437fd0d52a185152

Synopsis:
On a movie set, in a factory, and at a hotel, Godard explores the nature of work, love and film making. While Solidarity takes on the Polish government, a Polish film director, Jerzy, is stuck in France making a film for TV. He’s over budget and uninspired; the film, called “Passion,” seems static and bloodless. Hanna owns the hotel where the film crew stays. She lives with Michel, who runs a factory where he’s fired Isabelle, a floor worker. Hanna and Isabelle are drawn to Jerzy, hotel maids quit to be movie extras, people ask Jerzy where the story is in his film, women disrobe, extras grope each other off camera, and Jerzy wonders why there must always be a story. Read More »

Jean-Luc Godard – La Chinoise (1967)

29f7c043f76a2bde437fd0d52a185152

Synopsis:
Born in a decade of political turmoil, La Chinoise has become a cinematic marker for the significant historical events that surrounded its creation. Five Parisian students, their political awareness aroused by Chairman Mao’s Little Red Book and the Chinese Cultural Revolution, envision an overthrow of Western governmental systems – which they aim to bring about through acts of terrorism. One of Godard’s most brilliant films of the 60s, its success lies in the rejection of traditional narrative techniques: it is a dialectical charade which is as disturbing as it is comical. Though criticised in its day as a political manipulation, La Chinoise has proven alarmingly prophetic and its impact on audiences during the late 60s is echoed amongst viewers today. Read More »

Jean-Luc Godard – Opération béton (1954)

29f7c043f76a2bde437fd0d52a185152

Jean Luc Godard’s first short film. A documentary financed by his work as construction worker in Switzerland. Read More »

Jean-Luc Godard – JLG/JLG – autoportrait de décembre (1995)

29f7c043f76a2bde437fd0d52a185152

JLG/JLG (1995) Jean-Luc Godard stars in this film as a fictional character of his own creation. JLG muses about in his home in Rolle, Switzerland in the dead of winter. He suffers the rude interruption of critics and the cheeky services of a pretty maid while contemplating the end of western culture, cinema, and himself. A busy day… but still with time for tragedy, tennis and television. Read More »