An aging movie director attempts to film a new production of a Musset play in besieged Sarajevo. Along the way, various strange things happen to him and his stars, including landing in an apocalyptic rural landscape.
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Godard's obsession with thought, and with producing a cinema of the thought, goes side by side with a profound veneration of reality's unsolving mysteries. The sea, the wind, a machine gun or a piano, music, cinema, faces, colours, hands or feet, everything is shot with such beauty that Godard can only be the most beautiful person alive. I could just close my eyes and listen to the sound. But the images are perfect.
As always, Godard made a film that is extremely intelligent and deeply rooted in philosophical origins and acts as reactionary cinema to the Bosnian War in Sarajevo and to his own filmmaking career. Big thumb up!
Perhaps for ever a divisive Godard, but the new blu ray makes a strong case that perhaps now is the time to reclaim FEM (some truly gorgeous image-making on display here) and place it beside the better appreciated gems in JLG's remarkable late period. cinema is a confrontation with entropy; art and politics are forever put painfully in relief — quintessentially Godardian.
A haunting and evocative rumination on the need to create order and beauty out of chaos. For ever Mozart is in many ways Godard's densest and most challenging film but it's also one of the most rewarding.
Deux opus : en Bosnie-Herzegovine, le drame d'un groupe de comédiens venus interpréter une pièce de Musset et qui se retrouvent prisonniers de miliciens serbes. Ailleurs, les difficultés d'un metteur en scène de cinéma, Vicky Vitalis, qui doit se plier aux exigences castratrices d'un producteur ..... www.cinefiches.com
Extraordinarily intelligent, possibly. As one of the characters in the film said about the work of an obscure philosophy writer whom mostly only well-educated and cultured people are likely to recognize, "It was saying nothing. Or something I do not understand. Somewhere between the two." At least the quote was something like that. It's hard to tell with the shitty New Yorker Video DVD subtitles.