Directors: Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Pierre Gorin
Runtime: 52 min
english audio, portuguese sutititles
Godard and J.P. Gorin\'s hourlong essay on the star of their previous movie--a reflection on a photograph of Jane Fonda among the North Vietnamese. If I recall correctly, Pauline Kael found this movie aestheticized and repugnant; I find it aestheticized and beautiful. Godard\'s Marxist period now does feel dilettantish, chosen (to quote John Gielgud in a bad spy movie) as \"an aesthetic decision more than anything else.\" But his dilettanterie feels like a grasp through the veil of form--which Godard, in rending it, mastered utterly--toward some fundamental truth about being human. He ultimately found it in the transcendental-poetic, Wallace Stevensish cosmos of his difficult \"late\" films; but am I the only person who finds this \"didactic,\" \"agitprop\" period of Godard among his most beautiful work?