Would make a great double-bill with If... I'd anticipated something very cerebral and hadn't expected it to be so enjoyable and funny. Love the pop playfulness, the sharp shifts in energy and tone and Brechtian/Godardian self-consciousness. A sophisticated and prescient capturing of the zeitgeist. delicately exposing the naivety and hypocrisy of the protagonists and questioning the meaning and process of revolution.
Funny, sarcastic but at the same time sad as it portraits this huge misunderstanding of a different political situation in another country while speaking of a revolution like one knows what it means. It's genius but sad again because it seems while only few watched it not every one will understand it.
Jean-Luc Godard, 1967... oh yes! It's a political film, but at the same time beautifully poetical, abstract and romantic (as is the idea of a revolution itself). I loved the cast and very naturalistic acting that sometimes feels improvised - which is great). It deals with general concepts, ideas and theories of communism, this film is a time capsule that takes us to Paris, 1967... Very cool!
What starts as a potentially interminable series of montages featuring privileged students discussing Marxist theory in a Parisian apartment becomes a fascinating and prescient study of how unfocused, naive political opinion can become dangerous, direct, violent action. Constantly breaking the fourth wall and intercut throughout by pop-art visuals, abstract title cards and blasts of pop, jazz and propaganda songs.
No filmmaker makes student life look as interesting and sexy as Godard does - smoking Gauloises against a background of cryptic slogans, devouring radical politics and philosophy... All with more than a touch of humour of course. Much fun, but remarkably prescient too, considering it preceded the infamous protests of May '68.
Blending fact into fiction, Gordard delivers a cool critique of the highlights and follies of communist/revolutionary ideal implementations. That discussion with Francis Jeanson is a truly insightful one, and oh so relevant for our current turbulent days!
A realistic illustration of marxist student movements before 68. Though it doesn't approach the intricate plot with Dostojevskis character of Kirilow it still exceeds simple left-wing enthusiasm. Unmissable for political interested it also includes brechtian aesthetics in a material focussed scenery.
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.
If you were a student on the Nanterre campus of the University of Paris in 1967 then this film may be for you. If you weren't, for a short while it is mildly amusing to see the oh so deliberate staging of political discourse (provided that the fast forward is used frequently). Or you may mainly lament the loss of the mercurial brilliance of the films JLG had made up to that point as the politics overtakes the art.
As much as I like the early Godards, he seemed to have completely lost the plot a few years later. That said, he was pumping out 3 or 4 films a year and quality was bound to go down fast. Unlike Weekend here he seems to have no interest in the imagery. Camerawork is exceptionally dull and the main focus is on endless pseudo revolutionary twaddle which is pretty rich coming from a dentist's son.