The United States is fascinated by Jean-Luc Godard, and has already proved it by awarding him an Honorary Oscar for his entire career in 2010. He is once again in the spotlight for the US release of Michel Hazanavicius’ film “Le redoutable” (Godard mon amour).
Released in 2017 in France, and on April 20, 2018 in the US, the film will premiere on Monday, April 16 at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica in the presence of the director who will answer questions from the audience. (Only Cinematheque members are able to attend; contact Andrew Crane with questions.) An adaptation of actress Anne Wiazemsky’s autobiography, the film follows Wiazemsky’s (played by Stacy Martin) marriage to the French-Swiss filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard (played by Louis Garrel). The story takes place in 1967 Paris, when the lovers were shooting “La Chinoise” together. But the film’s negative reception made Godard question what he thought he’d previously known, sending him into a period of uncertainty which was only amplified by the events of May 1968.
This release is an opportunity for the American Cinematheque, to which the Aero belongs, to rebroadcast classics by the Nouvelle Vague director. Anyone can attend these screenings. Among the other projects to be screened (with English subtitles) are:
– “La Chinoise” on Wednesday, April 18, at 7:30pm
– Double feature: “A bout de souffle” (Breathless) // “Bande à part” (Band of outsiders) on Saturday, April 21, at 7:30pm
– “Adieu au langage” (Goodbye to language) in 3D on Thursday, April 26, at 7:30pm
– Double feature: “Weekend” // “Vivre sa vie” on Friday, April 27, 7:30pm
“Goodbye to Language,” released in 2014, is Godard’s greatest success in the US in thirty years.