Le livre d'image (Jean-Luc Godard, 2018)

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Le livre d'image (Jean-Luc Godard, 2018)

#1 Post by Petty Bourgeoisie » Thu Apr 12, 2018 6:13 am

Le Livre D’Image announced as being in competition at Cannes. Also Pierrot Le Fou featured on the official 2018 poster. Where can I get one of those?

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#2 Post by Oedipax » Thu Apr 26, 2018 1:03 am

Trailer (or perhaps more of a teaser) for Le livre d'image:

https://vimeo.com/266537328
(won't allow embedding, so copy/paste)

It's rather much like the credits sequences at the end of his films. We have some audio from the ending of Contempt (with JLG as the A.D. saying "Moteur") and then afterwards some of Hans Otte's work last used by JLG in Notre musique (from Otte's The Book of Sounds).

The glimpses of image that we do get are incredible, the texture and color and movement of it. I hope this is every bit as psychedelic as Adieu au langage aside from remaining in 2D.

Another bit I spotted - in the flashing title text at the end, a few frames of on-screen text from Ici et ailleurs referencing the Arabian Nights: "Peut-être que dans mille et un jours, Shéhérazade racontera tout cela différement." / "Perhaps in a thousand and one nights, Scheherazade would recount all of this differently."

We also see what appears to be a credit for Michael Bay's 13 Hours, and my favorite French rendering of an English title ever, Les Dents de la mer aka Jaws. :)

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Re: Jean-Luc Godard

#3 Post by dda1996a » Thu Apr 26, 2018 3:58 am

I hope we aren't going to get another Spielberg harangue

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#4 Post by Oedipax » Thu Apr 26, 2018 10:37 pm

Image

The names are of extreme interest - Godard / Battagia (Jean-Pierre, Godard's assistant) / Aragno (Fabrice, Godard's DP/collaborator) / Brenez (Nicole, perhaps our finest living writer on film).

Her writing in recent years has sought to unearth all manner of unknown cinema, so it's fitting that she's credited (according to the French wiki article on the film) with 'Archéologie.' With a particular interest in experimental and politically radical filmmaking, you can see some of that influence in other names spotted in the trailer, like Hollis Frampton or La Commune (Peter Watkins, maybe, but also perhaps a 1914 film by the filmmaker & anarchist Armand Guerra).

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Re: Jean-Luc Godard

#5 Post by accatone » Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:45 am


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#6 Post by Oedipax » Thu Jun 14, 2018 2:56 pm

And what a fantastic interview it is - although, on a more melancholic note, the transcript (and JLG's own words) make it clear that Godard is struggling more with his recall of words and memories these days. That having been said, he's still extremely lucid overall. I found the link between Godard, Marina Vlady, and her late husband, Vladimir Vysotsky, particularly interesting (one of Vysotsky's songs appears in Le livre d'image). Vysotsky's own story, particularly the events surrounding and leading up to his death, are pretty harrowing to read about.

It's also interesting to note that it seems like, as far as Godard and Aragno are concerned, the only officially sanctioned way of experiencing Le livre d'image is via one of the four announced installations to come hopefully later this year. While they have sold the rights elsewhere, in the U.S. for instance, they seem rather dismissive of the idea of watching it in a regular cinema setting. I'm quite thankful, of course, that we will be getting a more traditional release (particularly one that should lead to a home video edition).

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#7 Post by accatone » Wed Nov 14, 2018 4:23 pm

Little idiotic in my opinon, but well...
Meanwhile Livre d‘Image had its Swiss premiere in a Theatre in Lausanne, pretty close to where Godard lives*. There is some kind of image installation alongside the premiere plus a Godard curated (?) small programme incl. The Moments Choisis and some other recent films of him. There is an entry for this on the Theatre website and with the Swiss Cinematheque. I am on my phone and can‘t check the links but google may help. This might be something that Fabrice Aragno mentioned in Cannes, that the film will travel with parallel art installations.

*there is an instagram post showing JLG in the process of hanging paintings for the installation. I haven‘t been there so this is all third hand information only interesting for die hard Godardiens like myself i guess :-P

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#8 Post by accatone » Thu Nov 15, 2018 5:01 am

https://vidy.ch/le-livre-dimage

https://live.cinematheque.ch/editorial/ ... luc-godard

The two links missing from my yesterdays post, for those interested.

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Re: Jean-Luc Godard

#9 Post by Never Cursed » Mon Dec 03, 2018 12:02 pm

Oedipax wrote:
Mon Nov 26, 2018 9:55 pm
In other JLG news, Mubi is advertising that Le livre d'image will make its debut on their UK service on December 3 (and will, in the absence of proper distribution anywhere else outside festivals and gallery installations, doubtless soon-after be everywhere online). This follows the day after a single night of screenings in various UK cinemas.
The Image Book to open January 25 at Lincoln Center

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Re: Le livre d'image (Jean-Luc Godard, 2018)

#10 Post by domino harvey » Sun Dec 09, 2018 1:35 pm

Le livre d'image is what happens when a great artist goes back to the same well one time too many. This is, I am sad to say, Godard's worst feature film and frankly quite pathetic. Literally everything Godard does here (or maybe doesn't do here is more apt) has already been done (apart from the use of an apparent "cute kid" YouTube video and some meaningless aspect ratio futzing-- progress), by Godard, in countless other essay films, only this time there is no coherent thesis and no reason to keep watching. Just an embarrassment. I'm about as true blue loyalist to Godard as they come, but I'm already dreading the academic reclamations of this as anything but a total failure...

On the bright side, the sporadic official subtitling of the MUBI version, which I believe will be replicated in its theatrical run, gave me a good opportunity to practice my French, because like maybe a third of the movie is English subtitled, sometimes rather arbitrarily too-- those who don't know the language should get ready for even fewer opportunities to engage with the film

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Re: Le livre d'image (Jean-Luc Godard, 2018)

#11 Post by zedz » Sun Dec 09, 2018 2:24 pm

That subtitling ratio seems about the same as the DCP (and, yes, quite arbitrary what gets subbed and what doesn’t). Plenty of lame puns go flying by, but also a fair bit of what presumably counts as substance for this film.

The most formally interesting thing about the film, which is presumably missing on Mubi, is the play with multichannel sound, Godard radically splitting the soundtrack front and back and down the middle. But it’s nothing that hadn’t been done more successfully and adventurously by more accomplished experimental filmmakers decades ago.

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Re: Le livre d'image (Jean-Luc Godard, 2018)

#12 Post by dda1996a » Sun Dec 09, 2018 5:19 pm

I found this rather intoxicating, but I haven't seen any of Godard's post 60s work so that might be a factor. But I for sure need to watch this again.

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Re: Le livre d'image (Jean-Luc Godard, 2018)

#13 Post by domino harvey » Sun Dec 09, 2018 9:31 pm

I think that's probably the only condition by which praise could be expected! Imagine if you'd seen those same clips, edited in the same fashion and with the same tricks of text and presentation, multiple times in multiple other Godard films, only those other times there was logical coherence and purpose in their usage. It's kinda like praising the Rolling Stones as a great rock band on the strength of "Anybody Seen My Baby"

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Re: Le livre d'image (Jean-Luc Godard, 2018)

#14 Post by dda1996a » Mon Dec 10, 2018 2:19 am

I guess so. I'm waiting for my winter break to finally go through his films chronologically, so hopefully I'll get to Histories(s) soon.

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