In 1967 Paris, a group of young students disillusioned by their suburban lifestyle finds themselves enamored by the teachings of Maoism and vows to make change. Forming a small terrorist cell over the summer as they are locked away in their parents’ bourgeoisie apartment, they plan on inspiring change through any means necessary, even resorting to violence. —DVDverdict.com
The lynchpin of the French New Wave, Jean-Luc Godard was arguably the most influential filmmaker of the postwar era. Beginning with his groundbreaking 1959 feature debut A Bout de Souffle, Godard revolutionized the motion picture form, freeing the medium from the shackles of its long-accepted cinematic language by rewriting the rules of narrative, continuity, sound, and camera work. Later in his career, he also challenged the common means of feature production, distribution, and exhibition, all in an effort to subvert the conventions of the Hollywood formula to create a new kind of film.
Godard was born in Paris on December 3, 1930, the second of four children. After receiving his primary education in Nyon, Switzerland – during World War II, he became a naturalized Swiss citizen – he studied ethnology at the Sorbonne, but spent the vast majority of his days at the Cine-Club du Quartier Latin, where he first met fellow film fanatics Francois Truffaut and Jacques Rivette. In May… read more
The best movie I've ever seen about the gulf between theory and practice, and one of the crowning achievements of JLG-as-pop-artist. Despite the daunting amount of Maoist rhetoric, it still feels current in a way the Dziga Vertov Group stuff doesn't, because it's less about said rhetoric and more about the naivety of the pretty young things who spout it. Also, Anne Wiazemsky, 4ever-n-ever.
A smorgasbord of Godard posters on occasion of a major retrospective in New York.
“La Chinoise,” written and directed by Jean-Luc Godard in 1967, and released that same year, is probably best remembered as Godard’s sharply prophetic vision of the student upheavals in Paris that… read review