An almost ecstatic recounting of the making of a painting by the apocryphal artist Aimé Pache. Favourite Godard sounds (a Beethoven string quartet); sights (the Swiss landscape and sky, trains, Paris at night); cropped, irised, or superimposed details from paintings, from Seurat to Bocklin to Rothko; and a flurry of literary and filmic allusions (e.g. Clair’s LA BATAILLE DES RAILS, Godard’s own ÉLOGE DE L’AMOUR) make this short work, commissioned for the Swiss Expo 2002, characteristically dense but atypically light-hearted. “A playful adaptation of Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz’s 1910 novel Aimé Pache, peintre vaudois , in which the duo deploy Ramuz’s fictional alter-ego, the painter Aimé Pache, to reflect on their own artistic trajectories and the Franco-Swiss dimension to their work. —New Left Review
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
Anne-Marie Miéville (born 11 November 1945 in Lausanne) is a Swiss filmmaker, principally known for her work in collaboration with her husband Jean-Luc Godard. —Wikipedia