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La maman et la putain

Jean Eustache France, 1973

Warren Spratley's rating of the film The Mother and the Whore

A rigorously structured portrait of post-May'68 French social & political attitudes, undoubtedly one of the most devastating films in cinema. There's not much to definitively say after only this single viewing, but Eustache is deeply concerned with the performative, w/ the particular ways style might frame, dissect, revolutionize social performance. Edith Piaf, Mozart, Proust, intellectual theatricality, despair.