Monday, 8 February 2016

Capital Celluloid 2016 - Day 65: Sat Mar 5

Helas Pour Moi (Godard, 1993): BFI Southbank, NFT2, 6.20pm


This film is part of the Jean-Luc Godard season at BFI Southbank. It is also being shown on March 3rd and you can find all the details here.

Chicago Reader review:
Jean-Luc Godard's most spiritual film is also his most opaque (1991). But the beauty of his work is often breathtaking, and I'd rather hear Godard talking to himself than Spielberg speaking to half the planet. Two principal points of reference are Giacomo Leopardi (1798-1837) and the Greek myth about Zeus impersonating and cuckolding Amphitryon, as treated by Jean Giraudoux and others—both having to do with cosmic injustice and the relationship between love and war. Gerard Depardieu is the Amphitryon figure, and Zeus is a croaking voice on the sound track, dimly related to the voice of the computer in Alphaville. I also spotted references to Kierkegaard, Hitchcock's I Confess (known as La Loi de Silence in French), and Straub-Huillet's From the Cloud to the Resistance and Antigone. For all the hermetic poetry and esoteric mysticism, this film also has concrete things to say about the bombing of Baghdad and the slaughter in Bosnia.
Jonathan Rosenbaum


Here (and above) is the trailer.

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