Commissioned by New York City’s Museum of Modern Art to create an essay on the role of the fine arts at the end of the 20th Century, French co-writer-directors Jean-Luc Godard and Anne-Marie Mieville came up with this invigorating video spectacle. In the same way that the filmmakers have approached their joint visual essays for the past thirty years, Godard and Mieville use THE OLD PLACE to voice their own personal philosophies; in the process, they manage to speak for humanity as a whole, posing questions that sometimes have no concrete answers. Incorporating a wide variety of imagery, including original nature footage shot for the video, film clips from various periods of cinematic history, and famous photographs from around the world, the team also quotes from a textual sources, including the writings of Simone de Beauvoir, Thomas Mann, Henri Bergson, Jorge Luis Borges, and many more. The result of their questioning is an even deeper inquiry into humanity, time itself, as well as the world’s current cultural climate. At its best, this probing, insightful commentary will encourage its viewers to think critically both about art and about life in general. –rotten tomatoes
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
A few great cohesive moments here and there, but all in all I thought it was too long and too unfocused. Might have worked better split into a couple different films. A lot of it felt like one of those SCTV "Great White North" sketches where Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas sit around trying to figure out what the topic for their show is, except minus the deadpan comedy.
In one of the many hilarious, provocative, and occasionally infuriating interviews that Vladimir Nabokov granted in the 1960s, he made the following