Friday, 22 January 2016

Capital Celluloid 2016 - Day 43: Fri Feb 12

Passion (Godard, 1981): BFI Southbank, NFT2, 8.40pm

This film (screened on 35mm) is part of the Jean-Luc Godard season at BFI and is also being shown on February 17th. You can find the full details here.

Chicago Reader review:
Jean-Luc Godard's 1982 film is centered on a Godard-like director (played by Jerzy Radziwilowicz, the Polish star of Man of Iron) who divides his time between re-creating classical painting for a movie he is making and contradictory love affairs with Hanna Schygulla (the wife of a factory owner) and Isabelle Huppert (a virginal proletarian). The film is a study in classical montage, revving up a dialectic between two kinds of filmmaking, two kinds of quests, and two kinds of passion. Godard does not reconcile his contradictions so much as inhabit the spaces between them: the movie is profoundly “in the middle,” always hesitating between two choices, two characters, two subjects. Difficult but fascinating, as always with this crucial filmmaker.
Dave Kehr

Here (and above) is an extract.

Here the critic Jonathan Romney introduces the movie for Film 4.

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