A perceptive satire against the escalation of decent socialist/Marxist rhetoric towards authoritarian Left and Communist interpretations. A complete overturn of the bourgeoisie by the proletariat by violent means is as reprehensible as totalitarian hyper-surveillance and fascist autocracies. Two wrongs don't make a right. Godard acerbic eye on the naivety of vibrant political movements that escalate regressively.
A real fever dream of communist rhetoric. Léaud is wonderful. But this, with Weekend, marks a shift in Godard's filmmaking approach, leaving behind his more character-driven films of the early 60's, my favorite works of his. 3.5/5
The best movie I've ever seen about the gulf between theory and practice, and one of the crowning achievements of JLG-as-pop-artist. Despite the daunting amount of Maoist rhetoric, it still feels current in a way the Dziga Vertov Group stuff doesn't, because it's less about said rhetoric and more about the naivety of the pretty young things who spout it.
Also, Anne Wiazemsky, 4ever-n-ever.
Art + reality. BANG BANG BANG. Premonitions and rumblings charged and clandestine. If no man is an island then where are we in terms of the vast spaces between thought and action and where does the betterment of all arise from the flicker of film frames? The status quo is dead but we are haunted by its ghost. If the spectacle recuperates all into its fabric itself, then in what studio can we form new words and image?
some moments in this film (including the profile screenshot) were very "Wes Anderson".
also, the train conversation was parallel (sorta) to the conversation in McQueen's "Hunger".
what an excellent social commentary, overall!
At the best of times, Godard is easy to admire and near-impossible to love. I can appreciate his sentiments and intentions, but his characters are annoying, archetypal robots who exist only to make a statement, and his artistic choices are grating and incomparably pretentious. That's the point, sure. Doesn't change the fact that you couldn't pay me to watch this film again.