Jean-Luc Godard 1963
France/Italy | French with English subtitles | Format: 35mm | 80 minutes
Godard’s bolt from the blue, shot to evoke the look and the energy of early cinema, about two lame-brained guys in an imaginary country who leave their wives to go to war, where they pillage and plunder and from which they later return with their spoils. An assault on the audience, explicitly derived from Brecht, the film was destroyed by critics and ignored by audiences. Half a century later, it is one of Godard’s most curious films, as visually rich as it is tonally coarse and blunt.
Venue: Francesca Beale Theater, Howard Gilman Theater