“The socialism of the film is the undermining of the idea of property, beginning with that of artworks"
- Jean-Luc Godard
“It’s impossible to dissociate sound from meaning”
- Roman Jakobson, quoted in Film Socialisme
In a time when sophisticated image-making technologies can now be carried around in an average person’s pocket, when the image has been democratized, Godard breaks down the traditional hierarchy between amateur and professionally helmed productions. This isn’t to say that Film Socialisme is an ugly…
Critiques the current decade’s most popular forms of insubstantial, co-opted image-making with as much precision and spite as Body Double did for those of the 80s. The democratization of the image brought about by the HD camera has rendered the aesthetics of amateur porn, Apple commercials, internet prank videos, and blandly glossy cable dramas more or less interchangeable, and all are so easily available that it robs them of any kind of visceral illicit power they may once have held.…