Thursday, February 09, 2012

Jean-Luc Godard: Film Socialisme (Take One)

Film Socialisme / Socialisme (2010), Jean-Luc Godard's latest movie, is out on DVD. Like most Godard films, love it or hate it. I'm in the former camp and quite happy to see Godard in strong form. I think he played a little prank on some early English language reviewers with "Navajo English" subtitles (which you can choose to see on the DVD version, too, if you wish). The Navajo version cuts out nuance, leaving lines that read as if transcribed from Kraftwerk's "Computer World" (1981): "Business, Numbers, Money, People / Computer World . . ."

The film is jarring but thoughtful, expansive and -- believe it or not -- sweet. 

P.S. No worries for Godard fans. Intercuts, intertitles and Interzone -- they're all there.

Today's Rune: Joy.

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