Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins
Film run time: 1hr 47m
Part of the ‘A Cinematic Odyssey: Postcards from Europe’ strand.
Jean-Luc Godard’s masterpiece isn’t just a beguiling caper story of a couple on the run. He paints a series of tableaux vivants - each frame an aesthetic delight of colour composition, enhancing the passion and song, inquisitive stares, tenderness, frustration and cruelty in this charming portrayal of ‘the last romantic couple’.
We see Ferdinand Griffon, played by the instinctively cool Jean-Paul Belmondo, disenchanted with bourgeois Parisian society and his wife and children, take off with their enigmatic baby-sitter, Marianne Renoir (Anna Karina, Godard’s inimitable muse). Penniless but invigorated, they traverse France in pursuit of ‘gun-related money’, by means of her cunning and his stories. But as their relationship intensifies, so does their conflict: “You speak to me with words, I look at you with feelings.”
Rejecting the stale formula of contemporary Hollywood, Godard’s camera techniques are as distinct as handwriting. He addresses commercialism and the Vietnam War through farce and satire, whilst capturing ‘all the space, sounds and colours that take place between people’.
The film will be introduced by Dr Paul Sutton, who will stay for the end of the film for a post-screening discussion in the front-tier of the downstairs seating area.
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