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TRIBUTE TO JEAN-LUC GODARD: LA CHINOISE, words in action

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When their parents go on holiday, a group of youngsters (among them Anne Wiazemsky, Juliet Berto and Jean-Pierre Léaud) organize a Maoist cell in an apartment devoid of its bourgeois substance and covered in three primary colours. The dominant red corresponds to Mao Tse Tung ‘s Little Red Book, which covers the entire shelves of the apartment all the way up to the ceiling.

Considered one of Godard’s most “undervalued and misunderstood” films (Jonathan Rosenbaum), LA CHINOISE is less of a militant film than a game of quotations, a constant cross-examination, similar to the questions and answers which the youths fire at each other.

This way, through the dialectic of colour and movement, especially in the background shots, the film becomes a quotation of quotations, or rather, the jocular quoting of serious quotations: the film’s director, contrarily to his characters, ignores – in an individualistic and revisionist way – all that which is serious, whether or not it is approached in the film. Towards the end of this spoken film: another grandiose sequence, one of Godard’s finest, in which we watch the frantic knocking on doors of several people, with fast-paced editing, wonderful rhythm and an intense performance.” (PETER HANDKE)

This Saturday (5th), La Chinoise will be introduced by Manuel Villaverde Cabral.

LA CHINOISE
CINEMA MEDEIA MONUMENTAL, Room 3
Saturday 5th at 19:15

Tickets available HERE and at the venue.
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