Friday, February 10, 2012

Jean-Luc Godard: Film Socialisme (Take II)

Godard's Film Socialisme (2010): funhouse, kaleidoscope, house of horrors. Beauty, ugliness. The better angels of our nature, the lesser demons of our nature. Literature and petroleum products. Art and war. A voyage on the Costa Concordia before it sinks.

"Money is a public good."
"Like water?"

Egyptian hieroglyphs, jarring noises. Patti Smith with guitar. William S. Burroughs. “Casablanca, Algeria, Cairo.” Digital shambolic. David Lynch: INLAND EMPIRE (2006). Patterns. Questions. Suggestions. Palestine.

“I turned away so as not to see.”

Culture bank, watches, gold. Today, past, future. Crisp. Documentary quality. A slice of Robert Altman. “You will have friends.”

"Quo Vadis, Europa – Where are you going, Europe?"
“We look at ourselves in wars like in a mirror.”
“It takes guts to think . . . You have to love yourself enough not to harm your neighbor. . .”

"When you hear your own voice, where does it come from?"

Werner Herzog, Luis Buñuel. A llama, a burro, a petrol pump, a woman reading Balzac: Illusions perdues /Lost Illusions (1837-1843).
“I’m going back down south.”
“If you make fun of Balzac, I’ll kill you.”
To be or to have?  Erich Fromm (1976).

A long line, a suggestion box.

"Today’s August 4, right?"
Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Journey to the End of Night / Voyage au bout de la nuit (1932). 
1789, August 4.
Saint Just ‘89.

Tactile, sinks, kitchens, washing up.
Florine and Lucien.

"Liberate and federate our humanity."

"On neither the sun, nor death, can we look fixedly." François de La Rochefoucauld.

Steps of Odessa – Battleship Potempkin (Sergei Eisenstein, 1925)
Eye of the camera, ears.
Man with a Movie Camera / Человек с киноаппаратом (Dziga Vertov aka David Kaufman, Elizaveta Svilova, Mikhail Abramovich Kaufman, 1929).

Hellas, Greece: Cassandra.

Brion Gysin, cut-up.

"When the law isn’t just, justice precedes law."

Today's Rune: Harvest.


JR's Thumbprints said...

I could use a little distraction right about now; I'll have to see if my local library has a copy.

Charles Gramlich said...

Beauty and ugliness. Such interesting contrasts.