Initially conceived as a postscript to Godard and Gorin’s Tout va bien, Letter to Jane took on a life of its own, and continues to incite voracious debate. Is it a prescient work forecasting the Bono era of celebrity-charity whoring, or is it a malicious and misogynist dig at Jane Fonda, who starred in Tout va bien alongside Yves Montand? A fifty-two-minute semiotics lesson given by G-G, Letter to Jane is a loquacious deconstruction of a now famous photograph depicting an anguished Jane Fonda in Hanoi, which appeared in L’Express in 1972. —http://cinemathequeontario.ca/filmdetail.aspx?filmId=1675
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
One of the most intelligent and original minds in cinema today, Jean-Pierre Gorin has carved a unique and important niche in the tradition of documentary film. His ‘journey’ has taken him from philosophy and journalism through to the founding of the radical Dziga Vertov Group with Jean-Luc Godard in 1968. Born in Paris in 1943, Gorin was an ardent cinéphile since his youth.
He received his baccalaureate in Philosophy in 1960, subsequently enrolling at the Sorbonne. Here he took part in the seminars of Louis Althusser, Jacques Lacan, and Michel Foucault. In addition, from 1965 to 1968, Gorin was an editor at Le Monde newspaper, helping create its weekly literary supplement, Le Monde des livres. He wrote dozens of articles, contributing to the political and esthetic debates that would lead eventually to the upheaval of May 1968 and to his partnering with Godard as co-director on some of the most radical and influential political films of that period.
Long fascinated by the… read more
The Dziga Vertov Group (French: Groupe Dziga Vertov) was formed in 1968 by politically active filmmakers including Jean-Luc Godard and Jean-Pierre Gorin. Their films are defined primarily for Brechtian forms, Marxist ideology, and a lack of personal authorship. The group, named after 1920s-‘30s Soviet filmmaker Dziga Vertov, was dissolved soon after the completion of 1972’s Letter to Jane.
They are generally credited with having made nine films: read more
Genial análisis de la farsa a la que a diario nos somete la prensa burguesa. Análisis que por desgracia no se hace antiguo para descubir la manipulación y el control ideológico a l que a diario nos someten los grandes medios de masas. Gran estudio cinematográfico sobre la realidad de 1972 y la guerra ideológica del capital contra la emanzipación de los pueblos, concretamente Vietnam en este caso, pero desgraciadamente aplicable a todas las revoluciones aún hoy día. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ My english may be too bad for translate this but I'm gonna give it a try what the hell: Great analysis of the farce to which we are subjected daily to the bourgeois press. Analysis that is unfortunately not old to discover the ideological manipulation and control which we are subjected by the daily mass media.