Puissance de la parole

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Puissance de la parole

Jean-Luc Godard
F, 1988
25min, OmeU

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Puissance de la parole

Jean-Luc Godard
F, 1988
, 25min, OmeU

Cast: 
Lydia Andrei
Velma
Jean Bouise
Agatos
Laurence Côte
Mademoiselle Oinos
Jean-Michel Irribaren
Petrol attendant
Cast: 
Original novel
«The Power of Words» by Edgar Allan Poe and «The Postman Always Rings Twice» by James M. Cain
Screenplay: 
Jean-Luc Godard
Sound: 
Marc-Antoine Beldent
Pierre-Alain Besse
François Musy
Camera: 
Pierre-Alain Besse
Caroline Champetier
Editor: 
Jean-Luc Godard

Production: 
France Télécom, JLG Films, Gaumont
Format: 
BetaSP
Color

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)