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La chinoise

La chinoise, ou plutôt à la chinoise: Un film en train de se faire

Directed by Jean-Luc Godard
France, 1967
Comedy, Drama
  • French
  • English


Disillusioned by their suburban lifestyles, a group of middle-class students form a small Maoist cell and plan to change the world by any means necessary. After studying the growth of communism in China, the students decide they must use terrorism and violence to ignite their own revolution.

Our take

It’s time for a revolution! Inaugurating New Wave icon Jean-Luc Godard’s overtly political cinema, La chinoise is both prelude and prophecy of May ’68. A molotov cocktail of raw Maoism, pop colors, savage satire, and the romantic timelessness of Anne Wiazemsky and Jean-Pierre Léaud.

La chinoise Directed by Jean-Luc Godard
It is like a pop-art punch of images that surmises the ethos of the cultured: intellects of the West in the late 1960s; young, bright, attractive students furiously reading, debating and discussing how to make the world a better place.
August 21, 2017
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It may be the film that best shows Godard in transformation, as he abandons the cinephilia and embraces a kind of direct but playful polemicism.
July 20, 2017
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Visually, La Chinoise is as punchy as a poster, or maybe a hundred. It’s a phenomenally busy assemblage composed of political clichés, improvised monologues, and found Pop Art.
October 09, 2007
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