Cannes Diary 5 – Godard, AIDS And Frail Fathers

Posted on June 4, 2017

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Michel Hazanavicius may be the best cinematic mimic ever. The Artist was a pitch-perfect reproduction of the silent movie. In Redoubtable(French), he goes after Godard, and at least part of the film’s giddy pleasures is the reminder of what a po-mo prankster Godard was. The film is funny. Godard (Louis Garrel) and his-heroine-who’s-now-his-wife Anne Wiazemsky (Stacy Martin, who’s simply terrific) have a conversation during a screening of Falconetti’s Joan of Arc, and their lines become the “subtitles” for the images on screen. Sure, it’s geek humour – but why, in the first place, would you watch something to do with Godard if you weren’t a geek?

It’s all there. The eye-popping reds and yellows. The beyond-gorgeous tracking shots. The cheeky chapter titles (like “Pierrot Le Fou“). The self-aware nudity (and the gorgeous locations) from Contempt. The Godardisms. (“Artists should die at 35 before becoming old farts.”) The meta-Godardisms. (“I am an actor playing Godard,” declares Garrel, the actor who is playing Godard.) And the great love for Old Hollywood. Early on, Godard and Anne catch Gene Kelly’s It’s Always Fair Weather, and the lines of a song (This has been a most unusual day / Love has made me see things a different way) are ringing out in Godard’s heart. But soon, these words will take on a different meaning. There’s a running gag about Godard having to replace his spectacles, and it comes off like a metaphor for “seeing things a different way.”

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