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Goodbye to Language
About a man who’s angry at his wife because she’s met another man on a park bench and they no longer even speak the same language.
If you rearrange the letters in "Godard" you can spell "rad dog."
Who shot this thing, Dick Poop? (Spoiler alert)
I'll be here all... well, forever, I'm never shutting down my account.
No rating because I don't how I feel about the movie. Or any movie. Or feelings.
"You know, a town with money's a little like a mule with a spinning wheel. Nobody knows how he got it and danged if he knows how to use it!" -- Lyle Lanley
I simply don't feel I have the cultural capital to even begin to really decode this, but I think it's suggesting that words and pictures may no longer be sufficient to make sense of the world around us, that things have mutated so much that we're sort of like a dog trying to interpret humans. We need to learn new tricks. Could be pulling that out of my ass, though.
In any case I was frequently and literally stunned by this, disoriented moment to moment, and it was exhilarating.
Cat videos are for hacks. Dog videos are for auteurs.
“soon, people will need interpreters to understand the words coming out of their own mouths.”
you can say that again.
if ever stars were meaningless... easily the most fascinating and hostile use of 3D i've ever seen in a feature, puts image in direct conflict with meaning, encouraging viewers to see what we don't see. that often translates into watching a man fondling a naked woman's ass as he takes a massive liquid shit. in 3D.
the split-image stuff makes for some of the most sublime moments i've had at the movies this year – as your eyes cross and then individually close, you can practically feel the synapses latching onto each other in your brain.
can't claim to have…
Preliminary scattered thoughts at The Film Stage (written literally only 2 hours after its Cannes premiere). Theoretically, this is the miracle that answers the dilemma of Historie(s) Du Cinema: Cinema as document vs. Cinema as art. Arnheim's Total Cinema and Bazin's Total Realism have long stood opposite for each other. Through the use of 3D flip cams, Godard proposes that a Total Cinema is simply a Total Realism. In essence, this is a film that introduces us to the image without language or metaphor. It is instead the image of pure reality, and thus pure freedom.
Goodbye language, hello pretentious bullshit! After Breathless, Godard seems to have been trying to top himself in the whole 'bad editing' stakes- here, the sound editing is ugly and the visuals are just a mishmash of archive footage, garish digital images and bizarre dramatised sequences of a nude couple, which culminates in a man groping a woman whilst having a noisy shit.
There's a recurring voiceover spouting pseudo intellectual nonsense about Hitler and Russia, which might be the most annoying factor in the film. Only Godard could present such statements without thinking them through and demand the audience view them as high art and philosophically well constructed. Due to his status as a master auteur, he still managed to walk…
This Ffilm is too soon for me. I must re-watch after sometime in future.
The best part of this movie was the doggo
It is interesting to see Godard break further away from the rules of cinematic language and make us take part in the brainstorming process inside his head, but after a while the experience becomes more and more excruciating, like the work of a pretentious philosopher.
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Full disclosure: I don't really feel like I can fully comment on this film until I've seen it in its intended 3d format.
What I can say is that the 2d version was a complete turd for me. I just don't see the point in forcing yourself through a film, like I found myself doing with this one. After 5 minutes, I knew it was going to be a long, long movie.
At this point, I'm not sure if people are giving this film credit because of the person who created it, or because they generally enjoy watching pixelated footage of a dog walking around while actors (if they can be called as such) motonously go through their pseudo-philosophical lines. I don't understand this film.
I did enjoy a few of the nicely composed shots that were very scarcely interspersed among the insurmountable garbage. This is the definition of anti-cinema, and I'm personally not into it at all.
Abstract, expressionist, experimental, non-linear, metaphorical, homemade-looking, French cinema, with naked people philosophizing about capitalism, fascism, and the trappings of modern society, mingled with psychedelic images. I liked the dog at least. Or the chien, I should say.
1. Can't rate this, though I want to. It seems to me that you'd have to either love it or loathe it to feel inspired to, and at the moment, I don't see Goodbye to Language as anything more than a hugely diverting grab bag of stereoscopic stuff.
2. Can't overstate how delighted I was by the final baby cry— a concession to a narrative that I wasn't sure if I should be taking seriously. And indeed, now that the 3D has faded away, it might be the affair stuff that has lingered strongest.
3. Funny enough, the element of this film I find most provocative is something Godard has been doing his entire career, viz. cutting off a music cue halfway through a shot. That shit gets me going for sure.
This is the longest movie I've ever seen. Totally on board with people enjoying it, but not my cup of tea. Everything I hate about Godard and everything I like about Godard, but mostly everything I hate about Godard.
The Godardian skeleton key, the marriage of metaphor and idea. His usage of blocky, low-res found footage as collage material is still stunning to me in its texture and tactility, especially when juxtaposed with a heartbreakingly gorgeous shot, a few of which pop up in each of his later features and bring everything into focus. Make no mistake, this is DENSE, and would benefit from several viewings. Glad that Godard made a 2D version, should have made a nudity-free version too--would be much more likely to revisit this if it didn't involve so many views of this hairy, naked Frenchman (no offense dude! this young girl seems to dig you though!)
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