The title and subtitle of this French miniseries are “Six Times Two; Over and under the media”. The “six” refers to the fact that there are six episodes; the “two” has a double meaning. Each of these episodes is a collaboration between two people: Jean-Luc Godard and his long-time partner Anne-Marie Miéville, but the “two” also refers to the fact that each episode has a two-part structure. The individual episodes run 100 minutes each, split almost precisely into two 50-minute sections.
Each episode deals with a specific theme — history, women, labour — with the first half being an overview of that topic, and the second half being a documentary interview with one person who somehow represents that very broad topic!
This is a thoroughly Gallic documentary series, with everything that the term implies; despite my passion for Godard’s films, I found ‘Six Times Two’ to be extremely talkative and static. Reportedly, Godard himself did not have a high opinion of this miniseries. —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