Jean-Luc Godard: Expect Everything from Cinema

1/16/15 to 2/13/15

Our yearlong Jean-Luc Godard retrospective continues with some of the master's more recent films, as well as two of his monumental, rarely screened serial essays, France/tour/détour/deux/enfants and Histoire(s) du cinéma. “A body of work that is truly rich and strange, and as ambitious, diverse, and inspiring as anything (Godard) produced in his supposed 1960s heyday” (Michael Temple & James S. Williams).

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    • Friday, February 13 7:00PM

    Jean-Luc Godard (Switzerland/France, 2004). Godard's profound film/essay/provocation on art, war, and society divides itself into three acts à la Dante to investigate how to live in-and respond to-a time of constant conflict, whether in the Balkans, Palestine, or indeed the rest of the world. “Beautiful and elegant” (NY Times). (80 mins)

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    • Tuesday, February 10 7:00PM

    Jean-Luc Godard, Anne-Marie Miéville (France, 1978). A series of twelve television programs, this now legendary work summons up a funny, frightening image of contemporary France through interviews with two children. Like Roland Barthes or Howard Zinn taking over a kids program, this quizzical delight combines parables and politics, metaphysics and metaphors, childhood wonders and adult disasters. Continues from Sunday / 2.8.15.

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    • Sunday, February 8 3:00PM

    Jean-Luc Godard, Anne-Marie Miéville (France, 1978). A series of twelve television programs, this now legendary work summons up a funny, frightening image of contemporary France through interviews with two children. Like Roland Barthes or Howard Zinn taking over a kids program, this quizzical delight combines parables and politics, metaphysics and metaphors, childhood wonders and adult disasters. Continues on Tuesday / 2.10.15. (180 mins)

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    • Friday, February 6 7:00PM

    Jean-Luc Godard (Switzerland/France, 1996). New Restoration! The specters of the Bosnian Wars haunt (and harm) Godard's European protagonists in his Pirandellian, pointedly obtuse look at the power and powerlessness of art and intellect to combat the horrors of war. (85 mins)

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    • Sunday, February 1 5 pm

    Jean-Luc Godard (France, 1988–98). Godard mourns the death of cinema and chronicles its vitality in these elliptical, epigrammatic montage essays. “Perhaps the greatest capstone of (Godard's) career . . . sure to be one of his most enduring legacies” (David Sterritt). Continues on Sunday / 2.1.15. (148 mins)

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    • Saturday, January 31 7:45PM

    Jean-Luc Godard (France, 1988–98). Godard mourns the death of cinema and chronicles its vitality in these elliptical, epigrammatic montage essays. “Perhaps the greatest capstone of (Godard's) career . . . sure to be one of his most enduring legacies” (David Sterritt). Continues on Sunday / 2.1.15. (148 mins)

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    • Sunday, January 25 6:30PM

    Jean-Luc Godard (Switzerland/France, 2001). Lecture by James Roy MacBean follows screening. Godard's investigation of memory, loss, Hollywood, and the Holocaust was considered one of the director's most accessible, intriguing works from his later period. "This film is a pinnacle in a career marked by many Everests” (Piers Handling). (97 mins)

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    • Friday, January 23 7:00PM

    Jean-Luc Godard (France, 1991). Godard and actor Eddie Constantine revisit their legendary creation Lemmy Caution, the private eye from Alphaville, in this vision of East Berlin, East Germany, and the solitude of a state. With short, Pour Thomas Wainggai (1991). (69 mins)

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    • Sunday, January 18 5:00PM

    Jean-Luc Godard (France, 1993). (Oh, Woe Is Me). Hélas imagines a god who, wanting to feel human desire, chooses to possess the body of a filmmaker (of course). Gérard Depardieu stars in this late Godard, “elegantly layered, rhythmically complex, and willfully impenetrable” (Village Voice). (90 mins)

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    • Friday, January 16 7:30PM

    Jean-Luc Godard (Switzerland/France, 2010). A cruise ship traversing the Mediterranean launches Godard's majestic inquiry into the state of European civilization, whether embodied in film and television, the family, or such classical realms as Egypt, Greece, Palestine, and Naples. (101 mins)