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3.6 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews

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New Yorker Video,Region 1 DVD

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  • Actors: Madeleine Assas, Ghalia Lacroix, Bérangère Allaux, Vicky Messica, Frédéric Pierrot
  • Directors: Jean-Luc Godard
  • Writers: Jean-Luc Godard
  • Producers: Alain Sarde, Ruth Waldburger
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: New Yorker Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 23, 2005
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009NZ6RK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,448 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "For Ever Mozart" on IMDb

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Format: Blu-ray
For Ever Mozart is a strange bilingual pun, for in French it sounds like Dreaming Mozart. So, the title has at least two meanings, and I would add another in that severing the "for" in "forever" suggests the "four" segments which comprise the film. If that kind of thinking—bilingual puns and stretching for meaning—is alien to you, then For Ever Mozart is probably not worth your time. There's very little plot or characterization on offer, and the usual pleasures of film are not to be found here.

Instead, we're firmly in what we might call Godard's "aesthetic phase." This has two meanings. The first is that we're in the era of Godard's increasing obsession with the beauty of nature. For Ever Mozart gives us some lovely images to look at. Godard is a master of framing, and the theatrical plot gives him every excuse to provide us with striking tableaux. The other important meaning behind "aesthetic" in this case is a reference to philosophy, which also increasingly occupies Godard throughout the eighties and nineties. From his dialogue—which often sounds like a philosophical text—to his allusions to philosophy, For Ever Mozart draws on and explicitly references a host of other cultural artifacts to fuel Godard's reflection on cinema and Sarajevo. Godard demands that we follow him, catching what allusions we can, forming the pieces with our ability to take in the beautiful imagery, and ultimately piecing together a film that is as much our film as Godard's.

Looking back, I think critics have dismissed For Ever Mozart for being Godard-by-numbers. It has all the things we expect from Godard except something surprising.
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This and "Film Socialism" are the two greatest late period Godard films in my opinion. It encapsulates everything he was experimenting with in the 80's and 90's and recoups those discoveries with the innovations of his 60's work.

"For Ever Mozart" is as good as any of Godard's famous 60's films and better than many. It is a beautiful meditation on the value of art, film and music in society and well worth owning for any cinephile.
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Something provoked me to buy this movie and I wish I knew what it was so I would not do it again. Unless you are desperate for a few nude shots there really isn't anything good about this movie. Maybe it is better if you understand French. The English subtitle version is basically a waste of time to watch.
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Don't get me wrong this is one of Godard's best movies, the only reason I'm giving it 3 stars is because of this Cohen Media edition.
Yes, this is a good Blu Ray transfer and probably for many people the only available version of For Ever Mozart, but sometimes I wish Cohen Media would try a little bit harder with their subtitles. I have Hail Mary from Cohen, too, and some Resnais films, and in every one the subtitling is so lazy and frustrating, and this is no exception.
Not only, for some reason, have they decided to not transcribe any of the names (for example, "It's Jerome, or it's Camille," is provided as "It's him, or it's her," when neither Jerome nor Camille are indicated in the image to make this an excusable omission), which can easily be missed when you're watching a Godard movie and trying to read the subtitles, see as much as you can in the image and montage, and take note of the background soundtracks. You have to have a lot of trust in the translators when watching subtitled Godard. Also, when characters (don't say, "But Godard has no characters" – each character has – in this film at least – an allegorical meaning to which their name is a reference) are mentioned later in scenes in which they don't appear, the pronouns again are used instead of names. Why? Malice, I guess, since I see no other reason.
Secondly, long phrases are cut down to be as short as possible in the subtitles when there is obviously much more in them than what has been translated. This happened too many times. Why bother subtitling if you're not ACTUALLY going to translate what is said?
It seems they asked themselves this question already, and took it the wrong way, which brings me to the third point: many long passages are simply not subtitled at all.
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