During the Algerian war for independence from France, a young Frenchman living in Geneva who belongs to a right-wing terrorist group and a young woman who belongs to a left-wing terrorist group meet and fall in love. Complications ensue when the man is suspected by the members of his terrorist group of being a double agent. —IMDb
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
Definitely one of those films that need context in order to be understood. The unpolished look of Breathless worked and made it incredible. Here, it looks bad. In terms of the story, it is sometimes boring, and historical knowledge is important. But it seems as though Godard achieved what he wanted: a film that made people react, as evident by the fact that it was shelved for three years.
there is so much war, most of it, going on in peaceful times. armed conflict is only its climax. i liked karina's matisse-inspired dress.
"the future of aesthetics will be ethics", apud lenin. but nietzsche already said it before: "aesthetics is ethics". i guess this sentence will be new with everyone who says it, provided a new definition of "ethics" that comes along with it, but makes that happy future very hard to define and localize, utopian.