How momentous can two minutes be? I was struck by the length after noticing that this is one of Godard's highest rated films on MUBI. (It's on YouTube). The way it turns a single photograph into an entire microcosm to explore is inspired, though a lot of its speed-read philosophy about culture suppressing the art of life makes Godard sound not like a prophet but like the smartest grad student at an undergrad party.
Godard fragment that, like all great art, is elevated into totality. With a political reversal of the rule/exception dualism, consolidated by bourgeois society's norms, Godard renders the rule malign (consumer culture) and the exception benign (art's revolutionary potential). The result, ideological committments aside, is simultaneously secular and transcendent. Uniquely Godardian lilliputien gem.
A superb 2-minutes long photographic film essay in which Godard waxes poetic about the political situation depicted in a single photograph. He speaks of the desire of inhuman cultures to repress artistic expression, of art being necessary to combat these regimes, and of the art of living, which has to do with the dilemma above. Godard salutes resistance fighters in Sarajevo for their short-lived, well-lived lives.
I don't know how to rate a 2-minute movie, so it gets a 2 star. A few still images over which Godard does his usual poetic-narration thing, leaves an impression neither here nor there. The gushing reviews of it on this site seem to me only further proof of how many of those there are for whom this great genius can do no wrong.
The best 2 minute short film I've ever seen. Might spark different ideas on subsequent viewings, but this time it was all about the emptiness of certain aspects of culture and the gaze (looking at ourselves and our relationship with the war and absence of art). That combined with the photo about the Bosnian War creates a striking contrast.
It's all about the media in our world we live in, just told shortly by Godard. But I just wonder why he would use still photographs from the Bosnian War. I think the answer is only because he is trying to tell us something important. Anyway, I'll have to say that both the narration & images are thought-provoking yet impressive. He should have used the dialogues in something else instead on the war, but this works.