I get what Godard means here, but I don't necessarily buy it. Adieu au Langage is a 3D-wide-screen fantasy to critice life as a collage. Nice speech, but it gets a little tired quickly. It's beautiful - YES - but a little underwhelming.
At various points throughout, Godard frames his dog with the same zealous heroism of John Wayne, circa Stagecoach, the same quiet stoicism of a van Gogh self-portrait & the same wounded dignity of Falconetti's St. Joan. The dog is at once a surrogate for the viewer, on the outside looking in, attempting to make sense, to understand, but also a surrogate for Godard, the eyes & ears at the centre of things. Remarkable.
Godard's philo-versation has grown moss all over it—his pessimism on sex, love, death and war seem similar to many of his earlier works, but perhaps even more sanctimonious in this newest offering, still dredging-up an academic's favorite quotes for credence. There were scenes of the couple arguing when it all began to appear like a tired parody on JPG himself as
Overwhelmed by the use of 3D. What can I say? That it seems as though JLG has given us cinephiles that impossible gift of youth, as though our age had been erased & we enabled to participate in the consciousness of the spectators of La Ciotat, & say: motion! water! face! and rejoice in the naming, as Adam, early in the morning?
This is a confounding film. Godard not only uses 3D to experiment with technique, but also as a new way to communicate ideas. Goodbye to Language is a film about relationships - with each other, with nature, with ourself - and Godard sees language as a barrier to the world. Audiences will walk away with more questions than answers, but this is a sensory experience & a work of art in the purest sense.
Worth it all if only for that first moment when the camera on the right pans away, juxtaposing two separate images in 3D at once... only to return back to equilibrium. I was floored. There was a smattering of applause at my screening. This is an incredible work of art from one of my favorite filmmaker's. I'm so happy I was able to see this movie in 3D, in theatres... If you can do the same, you simply must!
By refusing the spectacle and its society, Godard through his usual system of thinking, structure again a movie that's an essay, a notebook and a collection of aphorisms which if it was a book, would be better received. His writing in 3D elaborates compositions never before experienced, with its pictorial dimension in layers, overlaps and depth. Art forms of a future dimension: hello to language.
So much public debate re: Godard is "his movies are great" vs. "his movies are garbage", which is all or nothing and has little to do with the individual film. Does it occur to us that Godard, like many great artists, could lose his ability to articulate his ideas? It's even harder to spot the throughline in Adieu than it is in Film Socialisme. Could it be that he's started to get sloppy? Or is he still a step ahead?