Godard's 1980s are still underrated. From the age of Solidarity, Passion bounces the drama of pinched factory workers off the nearby, extravagant production of a uselessly beautiful art film. Godard's themes are worldly and engaged: the political nature of business, of sex, and of a cinema that may be irrelevant in comparison. Human creations are static, human behavior—no matter how tragic—smells of slapstick.
THE definition of Labor of Love. I can't believe a mind can produces so many essential films in a short period of time!! I've never seen a film with so much freedom to « breathe ». Who gives the money for his production (hahaha)?!? Only a Master can handle a film so relatively « cacophonous » like this one! Spontaneity is crucial to creation, this film show that very well. Godard is the « illest ».
A deconstructed narrative about the difficulties faced by the filmmaker, largely inspired by JLG's own evaluation of Coppola's production of One from the Heart. Into this, some commentary on the exploitation of the working classes, feminism, industry, corruption, the battle of the sexes. It should be a chore, but Godard's creativity is so mesmerising & beautiful that the film becomes a breathtaking poetic expression.
Probably JLG's richest 80s movie, in terms of thematic and narrative density. Like all later JLG, way easier to parse on a rewatch. I love First Name Carmen slightly more, though, since it's funnier+sexier+angstier.
When I saw this about four years ago, it went way over my head and I did not like it at all. Having only seen three of his films prior to Passion, I also was not familiar with the challenges and the games Godard's films often include. Watching this again, now with a much clearer understanding of his style, it must have been the most radically different experience I've had returning to a film. A work of art, sublime!