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Does anyone actually like and enjoy later career Jean-Luc Godard films?

Old 01-27-19, 03:17 PM
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Does anyone actually like and enjoy later career Jean-Luc Godard films?

I'm not talking Weekend Godard, I'm talking post 1972 onward Godard. When he went very didactic and political, essentially becoming a new director. I've seen a handful of films, most recently Tout Va Bien for the 2nd time in like 10 years, and it was painful. Not an outright bad movie, just bland, plodding, and relentless. I think the only film of his I can see I enjoyed and would watch again post 1972 is Notre Musique. The rest range from watchable, okay, and bad. I haven't even seen all of them, but the idea of tracking them down and watching like 5-7 more of his films during this area sounds like hell at times.

So, does anyone here enjoy/love post 1972 Jean-Luc Godard films. If so, can you please share in as much detail as you would like, what you enjoy about them and how you find them redeeming and worthilw.e
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Old 01-27-19, 03:29 PM
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Re: Does anyone actually like and enjoy later career Jean-Luc Godard films?

Boy, I'm not sure I've really sought out Godard beyond what they showed us in film studies school. Older, but classic stuff, Breathless, Band of Outsiders, La Chinoise, etc. that sort of thing. Sorry, I don't have a thought on the time period you're talking about.
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Re: Does anyone actually like and enjoy later career Jean-Luc Godard films?

Of that period I’ve only seen Tout va Bien and the one about Jane Fonda. I found both to be amusing and interesting.

The Jane Fonda one is funny because they really roast the shit out of her.

Im told Tout va Bien is like his most accessible film from this period so I’m not sure I would enjoy anything more “out their”.
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Goodbye to Language 3D was hot trash. The only other film of his Iíve seen is Breathless and that was very good.
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Iíve tried, but I just canít get into it.

Everything up to Weekend is good.
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I thought Hail Mary was decent (Mostly because it was straightforward compared to his other experimental latter stuff) I liked his work in Aria as well.
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Re: Does anyone actually like and enjoy later career Jean-Luc Godard films?

I've heard Every Man for Himself described as Godard's second debut film. Though I own the Criterion disc I still have yet to view it. Notre Musique, Film Socialisme and Goodbye to Language were all a major slog to get through. Orson Welles has a great quote on Godard:

"Heís the definitive influence if not really the first film artist of this last decade, and his gifts as a director are enormous. I just canít take him very seriously as a thinkeróand thatís where we seem to differ, because he does. His message is what he cares about these days, and, like most movie messages, it could be written on the head of a pin."

I think Welles nailed it.. The sad thing is though, while his gifts as a director ARE enormous, he abandoned them some 50 years ago. His ego as a thinker took the wheel in the early 70's and never gave it up.

I'll watch "The Image Book" when it gets a release, even though I suspect I'll hate it.

As a side note, here are some great quotes on Godard by other filmmakers.

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