July 30, 2008, 7:00 PM
Le Gai Savoir
Chamber Film Screening
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard
A young man, Emile Rousseau (Jean-Pierre Leaud), and a pretty, intense girl, Patricia Lumumba (Juliette Bertho), are in a television studio ostensibly making a film but actually having a discourse on language, "the enemy," the weapon by which the capitalist establishments confuse liberation movements. Because words condition behavior, they say, man can only free himself by destroying words and their old associations, then building a new, fresh vocabulary.
-Koch Lorber Films
A discussion with Richard Brody and Philoctetes Center Film Coordinator Matthew von Unwerth will follow the screening.
Richard Brody has worked in various capacities in the film business (including documentary researcher, writer, and producer) and in advertising, before writing and directing, as an independent filmmaker, the feature film Liability Crisis, which was released in 1995. He wrote book reviews for Forward beginning in 1996 and started writing for The New Yorker in 1999. Among his publications are articles about the directors Francois Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, and Samuel Fuller. In 2001, Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt & Co. commissioned him to write a critical biography of Godard based on his profile of the filmmaker that appeared in The New Yorker. Since 2005, he has been the movie listings editor at The New Yorker, where he writes film reviews and a DVD column. Everything Is Cinema: The Working Life of Jean-Luc Godard is his first book.
This film is being screened by permission from Koch Lorber Films.
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