Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Jean-Luc Godard

In Ici et Ailleurs (Here and Elsewhere, 1976), Jean-Luc Godard uses documentary-style footage shot in Israel in 1970, deconstructed and edited into a rambling critical analysis of then-current events. The film is rhetorical without story, consisting of voice-over narration and texts matched to repeated sets of images. The film sets up a visual contrast between Palestinian fighters (third still; we're told that the people shown in the footage are now dead) and a French family shown passively glued to the TV (fourth still). Godard includes cinematic flourishes, such as filming people holding photographs and TV screens (bottom two stills). Although Godard is sympathetic to the Palestinians, the film seems to treat them as symbols rather than people.
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