Incredibly ahead of its time! This is a visionary's work... Watching this "film", I was constantly reminding myself it was 1951, not the late 1960s - it feels so New Wave... Basically, it's a personal statement, cinema about cinema, and a pure example of avant-garde at its best. Over time, the narration becomes a bit oppressive and fiercely relentless - it is an integral part of the film though. Top cinema!
A marriage of Godard and Brakhage in their primitive forms (Godard doesn't explain and Brakhage doesn't simply mutilate the celluloid), Isou's film is prophetic, and formally precise in its ramblings. Not so chaotic in its repetitions, but a necessary prototype to the explosion of post-war avant-garde that sought to redefine chaos.
Very effectively deconstructs what cinema is. Sound, narrative, and images are treated as different components. When each element in cinema can become a standalone form of art instead of depending on visuals. This film is also a protest against traditional filmmaking and towards the acceptance of the bizarre, blasphemous, grotesque, disturbing- all of which have until now been excluded from our definition of beauty.
A jarring and unapologetically disjunctive manifesto of anti-art, which coming from Isou, is something to be cherished. The best segments are those with documentary footage: the most politcal that is. Unfortunately this lacks the cinematic genius, density and economy of a Buñuel or the poetry of a Cocteau. Thus, the cacophony of the editing and the manic narrative alienate excessively. But then, this was Isou's goal.
May 68 before May 68. Against rationalism, suicidal arts. A film that is not a film. Visions that hurt our eyes. Sounds that hurt our ears. Just fragments of noise. Meaning is politics-driven. Cinema at its best brings its own destruction. Of course this is irritating. Looking backwards, this seems to be a sad success. Who won? They were right, but they lost. We are still defeated.
Rambling (apparently), animated, convoluted, pretentious, full of himself, but absolutely genius and on point. The manifesto of an avant-garde, at the same time its theory and its practice, and the result of a broader and radical critique of the art that is cinema. A fundamental piece: cinema about cinema. Approach it with care; an headache is assured.
Um importante manifesto fílmico que com muito afinco tenta criar o novo na arte.Apesar de todas as criticas sofridas ao modo que se fazia cinema, esse "novo" modo de fazer cinema, abriu espaço para novas criações e novos modos contravencionais de criação.Como exposto no filme :"O cinema anterior deve ser consumido mastigado e vomitado,para que esse vômito seja considerado o futuro e o avanço da arte cinematográfica."
difficult film to watch if you've housemates around who can only interpret content from Netflix, remarks will include "why is the camera upside down?" "this isn't a movie".. but really this is a powerful film w/ a valuable message delivered w/ force. it's egoistic, rimbaud-esque. the second part features the "barbarity of the voice", voices become noise yet the narrators' returns with "I I I" & ego impedes breakthru
Por un lado, el manifiesto de una nueva forma de concebir el cine. Isou apela al cine deconstruído, fragmentado. El cineasta que promueve una rebelión frente a lo establecido y estancado. Por otro lado, se narra los encuentros amorosos del portavoz de esa misma propuesta. Se refleja entonces su ego, la insatisfacción, el casi odio ante lo cotidiano. Esto no debió ser película, sino libro de teoría. Es un audio-libro.