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Le Gai Savoir

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"In this time of increasingly personal cinema, the films of Jean-Luc Godard make those of most of his contemporaries look about as original and individual as monogrammed Volkswagens." - The New York Times

While alone in an abandoned television studio, two militants, Emile Rousseau (Jean-Pierre Léaud) and Patricia Lumumba (Juliet Berto), have a discourse on language. Referring to spoken word as "the enemy" – the weapon used by the establishment to confuse liberation movements – the two deconstruct the meanings of sounds and images in an attempt to ‘return to zero’ and truly experience the joy of learning.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Juliet Berto, Jean-Pierre Léaud
  • Directors: Jean-Luc Godard
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Restored, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Koch Lorber Films
  • DVD Release Date: May 13, 2008
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0013D8LXQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,288 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Le Gai Savoir" on IMDb

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous VINE VOICE on June 15, 2008
Format: DVD
The film is amazing, one of the least appreciated treasures of Godard's career, and it is not much like any of his other films; perhaps it's a bit like an update of Masculine Feminine with the Maoist politics and more developed film critique of the "Letter to Jane," but that's a rough analogy at best. We might better think of it as a hybrid of Beckett and Debord, merging some of the minimalist aesthetics and intellectual foundationalism of Waiting for Godot with the overt media criticism of The Society of the Spectacle (and the techniques Debord used in his film version of that book are much in evidence here).

We see before us a pair of student-militant narrators, Jean-Pierre Leaud and Juliet Berto as Emile (Rousseau) and Patricia (Lumumba), on a blacked-out stage. They seem to be educating themselves, and us, in how to understand the world, and how to change it, over the course of three years (the first devoted to observing and theorizing, the second to self-critique, and the third to creation of experimental films). The film, and the education, seems to be their nighttime project, perhaps also their splinter group and/or love affair; they talk sometimes about leaving to go back to their more regular days of protest. Mostly, they voice their political and theoretical reflections over and between a sometimes breakneck montage of footage, sound, and image.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John McQuade on April 7, 2013
Format: DVD
As an undergraduate film student I was forced to watch this in a film theory course. It is, with the exception of Wavelength, the least enjoyable film experience I have ever had. While non an anti-intellectual or a conservative, this is just leftist dogma being piled higher and higher. Later, I took a course on Godard (so I'm not anti-Godard either) and was horrified to see this film on the syllabus. However the second time around I was prepared: I brought a full bottle of Excedrin.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Schpaack on February 28, 2011
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This film is not for those who want to be told a story. Why I value it is that it offers a glimpse into the past, watching it is like going to school. It's challenging, I didn't understand 95% of it, but I'm fine with that. If you could see yourself saying something similar, then you may like it. I also highly value the menacing tone of voice Jean-Luc has for the voice-over, it's like he's really ticked off, and from an energy point of view it re-charges me.
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