British Sounds (Godard, 1970): Master Tech, 1 Heneage St, London E1 5LJ
This rarely seen Jean Luc-Godard movie is part of the year-long 70x70 season. London
writer, filmmaker and 'psychogeographer' Iain Sinclair celebrates his
70th birthday year, with the showing of 70 films, handpicked for their
association with his work and shown in venues all over London. Here is a full list of the excellent programme.
Time Out review:
The film that was made for and then banned from London Weekend TV.
Essentially a documentary, it's a genuine political artefact in which
Godard contrives to assault the British sensibility with a series of
images and provocations (the slogans flashed on the screen are sometimes
humorous and always to the point). The parts where people just talk
really work; when Ford Dagenham workers discuss the company-employee
situation, the effect is simple and uncluttered but devastatingly
effective. Sometimes, however, the control vanishes - the sequence with
Essex students making posters, for instance - and this confirms the
impression that revolution in Britain will only come from the industrial
army who need it, not the middle class academics who play it.
Here is an extract.