Sunday, July 10, 2011

Jean-Luc Godard: 2 ou 3 choses que je sais d'elle

A few things about 2 Or 3 Things I Know About Her (1967). Godard whispers ideas and observations, people think and say things. "Language is the house man lives in . . . a landscape is like a face . . ." For modern people, it's like "living in a giant comic
strip . . ." Pop Art, pop culture abounds. But despite colorful advertising and tantalizing travel posters, life is deadening to many, and the real story includes construction cranes, dump trucks, bridge maintainence, pinball machines, traffic noises, prostitution. Unlike typical films, Godard incorporates the real world into his visuals and soundtrack. Some things have changed since 1966-1967: then, everyone seems to be smoking cigarettes like a nervous habit; there are full service gas stations; one can manually roll up a car window; instead of Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya, there's the US-Vietnam War to contend with.

Chapter headings give an idea of setting: Terrace; Kitchen Table; Bed; Gérard's Apartment; Clothes Shop; Café; Room; Salon; Garage; Hotel Room; Café; High-Rise; Stairwell; Apartment.

I remember these style travel bags, from airlines no longer around: Pan Am (defunct since 1991) and TWA (merged with American in 2001).

Let's not forget the coffee and how its market price is rising. 

Before fading out to colorful commodities, in a whisper toward FIN: "I listen to commercials on my transistor [radio]. Thanks to ESSO, I serenely take the road to dreams and forget all else. I forget Hiroshima and Auschwitz . . . I forget Vietnam and minimum wages. I forget the housing crisis. I forget the famine in India. I've forgotten it all, except that it takes me back to zero, I have to start over from there."

Today's Rune: The Warrior.   

1 comment:

Charles Gramlich said...

Great ideas for chapter headings. I like that.