Like a Looney Tunes rendition of The Big Sleep gone New Wave, this chaotic crime thriller and acidly funny critique of consumerism features Anna Karina as the most brightly dressed private investigator in film history, searching for a former lover who might have been assassinated.
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Definitive Godard - the purest expression I've yet seen of his fascination with language in all its forms, a theme given constant attention to through nonsensical dialogue. The politics are obvious, but the contradictions inherent in Godard's condemnation of American culture and usage of pop art aesthetics points to the film's deeper interests - that of communication, especially between the director and his audiencs.
"...he wrote an editorial about how fascism was the currency of morality""...I stopped working in advertising because I believe it to be a form of fascism". Oh, Godard. Oh, the french 60s. What a gloriously pretentious commie time.
The couple's last joint effort, made when they were already divorced. One can feel that cold distance between the two: Anna seems to be forsaken by Jean-Luc's frigid look, who was more than ever interested in the experimentation of his cinematic language. There's a total absence of feelings here, there ain't no love. There's only a girl and a gun. A very late goodbye to a dead romance.
Another great Godard film from the 1960's! Karina is magnetic as always, cinematography is colorful and pointed, and Godard's mélange of high- and low-brow references round out a solid cinematic statement, and part of his transition into the purely political and detrimentally didactic. Still, this one maintains a lightness and effervescence - that je ne said quoi that makes Godard's work so special.
I always feel like there's something deeper beyond the surface of Godard's films, but I'm never able to quite grasp it. Maybe I'm chasing an illusion or maybe I need to give myself some more time before I embark on another.
Remind me of lines said in 'Ghost World':
Rebecca: 'This is so bad it's almost good'...
Enid:'This is so bad it's gone past good and back to bad again'..
I Agree with Enid but slightly agrees on Rebecca too. (Now how messed up is that?)ITs for the purpose of giving you ideas of this movie.
Godard says goodbye to Anna in this film. She is so badass in this picture. An avenging angel of death. The film is a glorious pop art recipe of genre and radical politics. It's not the general you remember though it's the details. Like Jean Pierre Leaud's hilarious death scene.