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7 - 20 May 2023: British Sounds


British Sounds (See You at Mao)
Jean-Luc Godard, 1969, 54 min

Believing that the narrative film – even when modified as in his own Breathless or Masculin Féminin – was outdated and bourgeois, Godard let loose a propagandistic audio-visual barrage on the senses that combines Maoism, the Beatles, multiple sound tracks, minimal cinema à la Warhol, nudity (accompanied by a women’s liberation statement), and excerpts from Nixon, Pompidou, and the Communist Manifesto, all ending with a blood-spattered hand painfully reaching for a red flag.

Showing as part of our year long tribute: Au Contraire: Jean-Luc Godard