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May 08

Goodbye to Language

By Ella Miista
Cannes is now less than a week away. This of course means films will take over our minds for a little while. First on the spot is Goodbye to Language, directed by none other than the legendary Jean-Luc Godard. To say his career has spanned over decades is almost an understatement - he made his first film at the age of 15 in 1955. His work really kicked off in 1960 with the release of his first feature Breathless, or À bout de soufflé if your French extends past merci and merde. Every self-respecting film student or wannabe philosopher has probably spent at least two nights awake watching Godard's feature films that see the likes of the gorgeous Anna Karina and Brigitte Bardot star in them. His impact on film lovers and makers is undeniable. Directors as diverse as Tarantino and Betrolucci have cited his work as an influence. Bertolucci's The Dreamers even references the infamous Louvre scene from Bande A Part. It makes the world of sense. He's much of a poster boy for the French New Wave - as a movement it was all about challenging how films are made. But, his importance isn't only in the beautifully shot and weirdly edited films. He was considered a radical but that approach applied to more than filmmaking techniques. For Godard film was a platform for political statements. His 1960 film The Little Soldier, or Le Petit Soldat, was banned in France until 1963 due to its focus on the Algerian War. Come the new millennia and his work went more conceptual but just as political with Notre musique in 2004. Discussing wars and violence in general, Godard himself makes an appearance with comments to spare on the end of socialism. Film has never been simple entertainment as far as Godard is concerned. It's about pushing boundaries, voicing opinions and presenting ideas. Needless to say, we're rather excited for Goodbye to Language. A feature film that goes for 70 minutes is a blessing for generation ADHD and shot in 3D, it is quite literally giving the grandmaster's work a new dimension. You'd think at 83 years of age he's ready to call it a day but he's having none of that. There's still stuff to do and ideas to explore. Speaking of ideas, this is what the man himself has to say about the new film: "The idea is simple: A married woman and a single man meet. They love, they argue, fists fly. A dog strays between town and country. The seasons pass. The man and woman meet again. The dog finds itself between them. The other is in one, the one is in the other and they are three. The former husband shatters everything. A second film begins: the same as the first, and yet not. From the human race we pass to metaphor. This ends in barking and a baby's cries. In the meantime, we will have seen people talking of the demise of the dollar, of truth in mathematics and of the death of a robin." We take it's safe to assume he's carrying on with the more conceptual approach to film! God knows what the plot will actually be. It's difficult to predict even if it'll do well at Cannes - it does sound super weird. But, whatever it will be, we're certain it will be a spectacle. GODARD, JEAN-LUC 600full-jean--luc-godard [caption id="attachment_24562" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]Godard with Brigitte Bardot Godard with Brigitte Bardot[/caption] [caption id="attachment_24561" align="aligncenter" width="718"]Still from À bout de souffle Still from À bout de souffle[/caption] [caption id="attachment_24557" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]Still from À bout de souffle Still from À bout de souffle[/caption] [caption id="attachment_24559" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]Still from Le Petit Soldat Still from Le Petit Soldat[/caption]
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