NYFF6: Jean-Luc Godard’s “2 or 3 Things I Know About Her”

Posted by Ece Öncü on 11.14.2011

Our weekly celebtration of "50 Years of the New York Film Festival" continues with Jean Luc-Godard's 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her from the sixth festival in 1968.

The "her" in Jean-Luc Godard’s 1967 film (presented at NYFF the same year as Weekend) is meant to be a reference to Paris, which was struggling to modernize in the post-war era. It is also a reference to Juliette, a two-timer who is a Parisian housewife by day and a prostitute by night. In contrast to Godard's earlier work revering American cinema and lifestyle, 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her is a complete disillusionment with a consumerist and capitalist society. The film discards a narrative structure and instead focuses on the individual’s relationship to the city with a brilliant use of color. Manohla Dargis of The New York Times calls 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her a "perennial must-see," offering us a criticism of a failing society. In his article on great coffee scenes, David Thomson from The Guardian notes that the film has "the archetypal coffee scene...We see the ripples from stirring and the short life of bubbles on the surface. We scrutinise the range of colours glimpsed in a cup of black coffee. We feel it as an ocean on which we are engaged in a single-handed voyage. And all the time, Godard's professorial voiceover is instructing us on the lessons in coffee."

"50 Years of the New York Film Festival" will continue on Tuesday, November 22 (and every Tuesday after that) with Eric Rohmer’s My Night at Maud's from the seventh edition of the festival in 1969.

Here is a list of all the films that played the sixth New York Film Festival in 1968:
Capricious Summer (Rozmarné léto)
Jiri Menzel, Czechoslavakia, 1968
Screened w/ Koncertissimo, Jósef Gémes, Hungary & The Dove, George Coe and Anthony Lover, USA

The Boy with Green Hair
Joseph Losey, USA, 1949

They Live by Night
Nicholas Ray, USA, 1949

One Plus One
Jean-Luc-Godard, Great Britain, 1968

Toni
Jean Renoir, France, 1934
Screened w/ Fair Story, Tony Cattaneo, Great Britain

The Immortal Story (Histoire immortelle)
Orson Welles, France, 1968
Screened w/ Histoire Naturae, Shown with Jan Svankmajer, Czechoslovakia & When Angels Fall, Roman Polanski, Poland

The Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach (Chronik der Anna Magdalena Bach)
Jean-Marie Straub, Italy/West Germany, 1968
Screened w/ Poem Field No. 1, Stan Vanderbeek, USA

Report on the Party and the Guests (O slavnosti a hostech)
Jan Nemec, Czechoslovakia, 1968
Screened w/ Quodlibet, Nancy Hanna and Vera Linnecar, Great Britain & The Bed, James Broughton, USA

The Red and the White (Csillagosok, katonak)
Miklós Janscó, Hungary/U.S.S.R., 1967
Screened w/ The Other Side, Herman Wuyts, Belgium

Mouchette
Robert Bresson, France, 1966
Screened w/ The Apple, Norman Gollin, USA & Uncle Yanco, Agnés Varda, France

Money (L'Argent)
Mracel L’Herbier, France/Germany, 1927

The Nun (Suzanne Simonin, la Religieuse de Denis Diderot)
Jacques Rivette, France, 1965

Lola Montes
Max Ophuls, France/Germany, 1955

Faces
John Cassavetes, U.S.A., 1968

Tropics (Tropici)
Gianni Amico, Italy, 1968
Screened w/ Whatever Happened to Uncle Fred?, Bob Godfrey, Great Britain

Partner
Bernardo Bertolucci, Italy, 1968

Kaya, I'll Kill You (Kaja ubit cu te!)
Vatroslav Mimica, Yugoslavia/France, 1967
Screened w/ Rope Trick, Bob Godfrey, Great Britain & Hop-Jan, Vlatko Filipovic, Yugoslavia

Twenty-Four Hours in a Woman's Life (24 heures de la vie d'une femme)
Dominque Delouche, France/West Germany, 1967
Screened w/ You Can, Rose Neiditch, USA & Pax de Deux, Norman McLaren, Canada

Signs of Life (Lebenszeichen)
Werner Herzog, West Germany, 1968
Screened w/ Hobby, Daniel Szczchura, Poland

Two or Three Things I Know About Her (Deux ou trois choses que je sais d'elle)
Jean-Luc-Godard, France, 1968
Screened w/ Ciné Tracts I, Anonymous, France

Artists Under the Big Top: Perplexed (Die Artisten in der Zirkus-Kuppel: Ratlos)
Alexander Kluge, West Germany, 1968
Screened w/ Off On, Scott Bartlett, USA

The Does (Les biche)
Claude Chabrol, France/Italy, 1967
Screened w/ T.G.I.F, Alan Arkin, USA

Naked Childhood (L'enfance nue)
Maurice Pialat, France, 1968
Screened w/ Concerto for an Exile, Désiré Ecaré, France/Ivory Coast

Weekend
Jean-Luc Godard, France/Italy, 1967
Screened w/ Ciné Tracts II, Anonymous, France

Hugo and Josefin
Kjell Grede, Sweden, 1968
Screened w/ A Day with Timmy Page, David Hoffman, USA

Beyond the Law
Norman Mailer, USA, 1968
Screened w/ Permutations, John Whitney, USA

The Fireman's Ball (Hori ma penenko)
Milos Forman, Czechoslovakia, 1967
Screened w/ The Big Shave, Martin Scorsese, USA & French Lunch, Nell Cox, USA

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