October 24: Détective

Thursday, October 24 2019 | 8PM Détective France 1985 d. Jean-Luc Godard with Laurent Terzieff, Aurelle Doazan, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Nathalie Baye, Claude Brasseur, Johnny Hallyday, Alain Cuny, Emmanuelle Seigner and Julie Delpy. Colour. In French with English subtitles. 95 m

“[M]ore than a dozen mysterious and/or myopic characters slink around the corridors and through the bedrooms of a fine old Paris hotel, working at cross-purposes to attain money, love and happiness, all of which elude them….Détective also indulges Mr. Godard’s obsession with language, which, in his middle, Maoist period, he saw as a capitalist weapon that kept the brainwashed proletariat in ignorance. Today that obsession with words – with what they mean, with how they sound and with how they look as graphic art – has been depoliticized to become a part of a film’s dramatic life.” Vincent Canby

Links: IMDB Wikipedia

See Also: Je vous salue, Marie aka Hail Mary (Godard, 1985). King Lear (Godard, 1987), Rouge Baiser aka Red Kiss (Belmont, 1985), Police (Pialat, 1985)