25 May 2011

Film Socialisme

Written & Directed by: Jean-Luc Godard
Full credits at IMDb

Come take a Mediterranean cruise with Jean-Luc Godard and get 97 minutes of abstract and abstruse dialectics, which might be better enjoyed as a museum installation than as a feature film. Film Socialisme is a highbrow, non-narrative mash-up of aural and visual fragments both lofty and quotidian, in which all the usual mechanisms of cinema seem to have disintegrated: broken sound, broken images, broken dialogue—broken form, function and content. Background noise, sound effects and dialogue, all frequently distorted, pop in and out without much logic—but with loads more than that which seems to have gone into the subtitling: in a rebuke to the global hegemony of the English language, the subtitles are at worst streaming nonsensical commentary (“French northamerican/German Jew Black/love only friend”), at best a broken-English, haiku-like translation of the dialogue.

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