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Le gai savoir

Directed by Jean-Luc Godard
France, West Germany, 1969
Avant-Garde, Cult, Drama
  • French
  • English


Alone in an abandoned television studio, two militants have a discourse on language. Referring to spoken word as a weapon used by the establishment to confuse liberation movements, they deconstruct the meaning of sounds and images in an attempt to “return to zero” and experience the joy of learning.

Our take

Between 1960 and 1969, Godard made 17(!) features in a great burst of radical creativity. Le gai savoir, his final film of the 60s, is a work of pared-down invention and subversive pop montage, in which two beguiling icons of the New Wave (Jean-Pierre Léaud and Juliet Berto) take center stage.

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WEEKEND announced the end of cinema, and so LE GAI SAVOIR serve as a gnarly defibrillator apparatus: the defeated patient lies unconscious on the operating table, periodically shocked back to life, a trickle of images escaping the void. This is cinema ground zero.
October 06, 2017
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Le Gai savoir is the blueprint for all of Late Godard, from his 70’s essay film work and his sensuous 80s adaptations, all the way to his latest.
July 29, 2017
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One can find few films as startlingly contemporaneous as Le Gai savoir.
February 06, 2017
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