Film Socialisme [Blu-ray]
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SPECIAL FEATURES: An essay about Film Socialisme by Richard Brody (author of ''Everything is Cinema: The Working Life of Jean-Luc Godard''), trailers, stills gallery.
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In the first part of this symphony in 3 movements, on a Mediterranean cruise liner travelling to different ports, tourism as Empire,in a shrinking Europe of moral failure and cultural decline.He satirises the bourgeoisie,driven in flocks of asinine passivity,demented frenzy. The cruise ship's interior is sometimes captured with high-quality DV, sometimes with lower-grade stock, at other times in pixilated,splotchy,bright fashion probably filmed with cell phone cameras.Alain Badiou,philosopher, lectures about Husserl in an empty theatre,Patti Smith wanders with guitar, a Russian student and detective debate about lost Spanish gold of the Spanish Civil War, gorgeous images of the sea are juxtaposed with the banalities of shipboard life,the quotations of philosophers.Read more ›
There are many different Godard's though. Sometimes you get the playful cineaste and sometimes you get the political historian. In the recently released Histories we get the playful cineaste and the political historian considering the complicated and uncertain relationship between image & reality. I recommend the Histories without hesitation.
Film Socialisme, however, is not really a film you can review as anything but an aesthetic object/a piece of abstract underground cinema. In many ways it covers the same ground as the Histories but its much more abstract and much less resonant as a discourse on image, reality, history, politics.
As fond as Godard is of texts, he resists stable readings/meanings of any texts including his own. Thus his fondness for word play in many of his works including both the Histories & Film Socialisme. But in the Histories word play is not the only form of discourse. In Film Socialism it is.
In Film Socialisme, the word play is sometimes amusing, but an hour and forty minutes of word play as the only text will leave any viewer (even the most loyal Godardophiles) hungry for something solid to respond to. In Film Socialisme there are plenty of breathtaking images but since the meaning of each image remains elusive there is no accumulation of meaning and when the film is over one is left only with a handful of fleeting impressions.Read more ›
I confess to having become restless during the second third, a "family drama" where a French garage owner confronts his children for their alienation from what seems to them (and Godard) sentimental fealty to and respect for elders. Both generations seems like comic caricatures and I am not sure what Godard wants me to feel, except, perhaps, utter, unbridgeable disconnect.
In the third part, the film regains structural power and has a visceral excitement reminiscent of Stan Brakhage. We are plunged into a 20th century fin-de-siecle collage of images that remind me of William S. Burroughs most Bruegel-like cut-and-paste invocations of societal collapse and disorder. This last part is like a symphonic scherzo. The film left me admiringly breathless. Godard continues to be Godard--making major films that only he can make.
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Powerful, enigmatic. A document that said goodbye to standard film language long before he said it in Adieu au langage. Read morePublished 14 months ago by mauvaisgenie
"Film Socialisme" is a sometimes maddening, often puzzling piece of art from the legendary French New Wave director John-Luc Godard. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Robert I. Hedges
The first screening of Film Socialisme was filled with people presumably expecting some kind of grand artistic summation along the lines of Ingmar Bergman's Fanny & Alexander or... Read morePublished on April 15, 2014 by Colten
The most influential filmmaker of the modern era has created another haunting challenge. A film in three parts (or movements) travels the center of western culture around the... Read morePublished on September 10, 2013 by Pat Dowell
The subtitles are horrible! Not complete sentences, just snippets of words that the characters say. I am so disappointed, especially since this cost $4.Published on July 11, 2013 by Danielle Elise
French dialogue surtitlefragments
bore pretentious hogwash
cruise ship hiddencameras
surrealism empty dada
fake noart silly
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