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10 - 31 August 2023: Film Socialisme


Film Socialisme
Jean-Luc Godard, 2010, 102 min  

"Film Socialisme is a movie in three movements, their relationship, particularly in terms of tempo and the statement and recapitulation of themes, corresponding more or less to classical sonata form: a fast-paced first movement, a slow second, and a third that is faster and shorter than the first. The opening movement takes place on a huge ocean liner cruising the Mediterranean, with brief side trips in various ports of call. The second movement is confined to a small house and an adjacent gas station somewhere in the south of France. The third recapitulates the Mediterranean journey of the first, depicting places where what Godard terms “our humanities” were born – Egypt, Palestine, Odessa, Hellas (i.e. Greece, hélas), Naples, Barcelona – largely by scavenging through banked images of 20th-century horror." – Amy Taubin

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