Special: Cinq Fois Godard

Puissance de la parole

Jean-Luc Godard
FRA 1988
26 min

Since 1974 he has been working with video technologies, employing techniques such as deconstruction, reassemblage, and collage to create a fresh aesthetic that is both resonant and intriguing. Godard overlaps music, sounds, and dialogue and establishes visual rhythms through juxtaposing slow takes and rapid cuts to create what he calls son image, that is, sound and image. In PUISSANCE DE LA PAROLE , explosive sequences from nature abut those consisting of passionate discussions by two couples. One pair argues in dialogue spoken by the lovers in the novel “The Postman Always Rings Twice”, by James M. Cain; the other couple quotes an essay by Edgar Allan Poe. Regardless of his chosen medium, Godard has always expressed a wide range of thematic interests – art, politics, history, television, communication, anxiety, sex, desire, music, and the history of the movies. (Steve Higgins)

  • Jean-Luc Godard based on «The Power of Words» by Edgar Allan Poe and «The Postman Always Rings Twice» by James M. Cain
  • Caroline Champetier
  • Pierre-Alain Besse
  • Marc-Antoine Beldent
  • Pierre-Alain Besse
  • François Musy
  • Jean-Luc Godard
France Télécom, JLG Films, Gaumont
Fondation Orange
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