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Cerebral and experimental satire from French auteur Jean-Luc Godard

Cerebral and experimental satire from French auteur Jean-Luc Godard

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Jean-Luc Godard's ferocious run of ground breaking 1960s commercial features neared a terminus point here as the filmmaker turned his gaze onto the nascent left-wing student organisations coalescing on university campuses across France. The resulting film was his searing masterpiece La Chinoise, a mordant satire, pedagogical treatise, political tract, and pop-artwork rolled into one.

It s early '67 and Radio Peking's in the air for the Aden Arabie Cell, a Maoist collective holed up in a sprawling flat on Paris's rue de Miromesnil, the newly purchased actual residence of Godard and then-wife and star Anne Wiazemsky. Véronique (Wiazemsky) and her comrades, including Jean-Pierre Léaud (The 400 Blows, Out 1) and Juliet Berto (Out 1, Céline and Julie Go Boating) lead a series of discussions and performative skits addressing matters of French colonialism, American imperialism, and the conflict raging in Vietnam. A meditation on the efficacy of violent protest and militant counteraction played out between Wiazemsky (conducted by Godard via radio-earpiece), and her then-tutor philosopher Francis Jeanson gives way to a plot to assassinate the Soviet minister of culture.

A tour-de-force, La Chinoise serves as both cautionary tale and early sign of fascination with the political currents that would soon lead to the next period of his life and work. The revolution is not a dinner-party.

Jean-Luc Godard's ferocious run of ground breaking 1960s commercial features neared a terminus point here as the filmmaker turned his gaze onto the nascent left-wing student organisations coalescing on university campuses across France. The resulting film was his searing masterpiece La Chinoise, a mordant satire, pedagogical treatise, political tract, and pop-artwork rolled into one.

It s early '67 and Radio Peking's in the air for the Aden Arabie Cell, a Maoist collective holed up in a sprawling flat on Paris's rue de Miromesnil, the newly purchased actual residence of Godard and then-wife and star Anne Wiazemsky. Véronique (Wiazemsky) and her comrades, including Jean-Pierre Léaud (The 400 Blows, Out 1) and Juliet Berto (Out 1, Céline and Julie Go Boating) lead a series of discussions and performative skits addressing matters of French colonialism, American imperialism, and the conflict raging in Vietnam. A meditation on the efficacy of violent protest and militant counteraction played out between Wiazemsky (conducted by Godard via radio-earpiece), and her then-tutor philosopher Francis Jeanson gives way to a plot to assassinate the Soviet minister of culture.

A tour-de-force, La Chinoise serves as both cautionary tale and early sign of fascination with the political currents that would soon lead to the next period of his life and work. The revolution is not a dinner-party.

Extras

  • High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentation
  • Original mono DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Audio commentary by film historian James Quandt
  • Interviews with actor Michel Semeniako, assistant director Charles L. Bitsch and second assistant director Jean-Claude Sussfeld
  • Denitza Bantcheva on La Chinoise, the author discusses the film and its politics
  • Behind-the-Scenes TV Report featuring footage with Godard and the cast
  • Venice Film Festival press conference featuring Godard and scenes from the production
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matthew Griffin

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Additional Info

SKU 5027035018874
Catalogue Number FCD1718
Year 1967
Director Godard, Jean Luc
Format Blu-Ray
Publisher(s) Arrow Academy
Countries French
Sound Original mono DTS-HD
Subtitles English
Language(s) French
Running time 96 mins
Blu-ray region B
Certificate PG

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