Sunday, 20 December 2015

Capital Celluloid 2016 - Day 15: Fri Jan 15

La Chinoise (Godard, 1967): BFI Southbank, NFT2, 8.30pm



This film (35mm) screens as part of the Jean-Luc Godard season that runs from January through to March and is also being shown on January 17th. You can find the full details here.

Chicago Reader review:
One of Jean-Luc Godard's most underrated and misunderstood films, this 1967 feature isn't so much an embrace of France's Maoist youth movement as a multifaceted interrogation of it—far more nuanced and lively than the theoretical agitprop Godard would make with others after the May 1968 uprisings. Though it explores the dogmatism and violence of a Maoist cell in Paris, Godard is equally preocccupied by such things as French rock, the color red, the history of cinema, the “revisionism” of the French Communist Party, and the rebels' youthful romantic longings. The spirited cast--including Anne Wiazemsky, Jean-Pierre LĂ©aud, and Juliet Berto--make all this touching as well as troubling. The movie helped inspire student revolt at Columbia University soon afterward, but that's a tribute to its style and energy, not its political intelligence.
Jonathan Rosenbaum

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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