Monday, September 19, 2022

I don’t know if we could have a filmmaker like David Lynch without Jean-Luc Goddard


From the Vault: Cohen Film Collection

Restorations of Jean-Luc Godard films, in loving memory of the cinematic titan 

He Became Immortal, and then he died: Jean-Luc Godard (1930 - 2022)

The Quad presents a selection of films by the iconoclastic, visionary director Jean-Luc Godard. These titles will screen every Wednesday this October as part of our ongoing "From the Vault: Cohen Film Collection" repertory series. 

A Married Woman

Jean-Luc Godard, 1964, France, 95m, DCP
Macha Méril proves an ideal leading lady for Godard to continue his exploration of the modern feminine condition. Charlotte has a husband and a lover; which — if either — of them is most important to her sense of self, and which will decide her future? The narrator is Godard himself, the cinematographer is Raoul Coutard, and famed actor Jean-Pierre Léaud takes on the behind-the-scenes role of assistant director.

In French with English subtitles

Official Selection: Venice Film Festival

"An extraordinarily rich and provocative picture… Une Femme Mariée remains among the least well-known films of Godard’s early period… It’s time that changed." —Calum Marsh, The Village Voice

"A seldom seen masterwork from Jean-Luc Godard's most fecund era."
—Joseph Jon Lanthier, Slant Magazine

Wed October 5: Showtimes TBA

La Chinoise

Jean-Luc Godard, 1967, France, 95m, DCP
Godard’s "film in the making" dances merrily on the line between politics and performance art, as summer break for students turns to embracing Maoist principles in a shared apartment. Among the nascent radicals: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Juliet Berto, and Anna Wiazemsky, increasingly determined to take revolutionary action. During filming, Wiazemsky and Godard fell in love; they were married just before the movie debuted.

In French with English subtitles

"One of Jean-Luc Godard’s most underrated and misunderstood films."
—Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader 

"Maybe Andy Warhol didn't make the quintessential Pop Art masterwork. Maybe Jean-Luc Godard did." —Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

Wed October 12: Showtimes TBA

Hail Mary

Jean-Luc Godard, 1985, France, 107m, DCP
Mary (Myriem Roussel) is a teenage basketball-playing gas-station attendant who receives the Annunciation by jetliner. Following a warning from an angel, a confused and innocent Mary unexpectedly falls pregnant and is forced to wed her taxi-driving boyfriend Joseph (Thierry Rode). Mary and Joseph, along with their family and friends, struggle to cope as the provocative theme unfolds. Hail Mary is a sensational and bold work from Godard, which touched off an uproar of protest heard around the world.

In French with English subtitles

Official Selection: Berlin International Film Festival, Locarno Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, New York Film Festival 

"Deeply wounds the religious sentiments of believers."
—Pope John Paul II 

"A film of great sensitivity and yearning... A meditation on the phenomenal, manifested as nature, biology, kinship, and sexual desire."
—Noel Murray, The Dissolve

Wed October 19: Showtimes TBA

For Ever Mozart

Jean-Luc Godard, 1996, Switzerland/France, 86m, DCP
Structured into four distinct but tangentially related parts, Jean-Luc Godard’s postmodern rumination on the role of art plays out in a variety of locales honing in on the horrors of war and the need to create order by way of beauty. An elderly film director is working on an art film. His daughter goes to war-torn Sarajevo to stage an Alfred de Musset play. A youth orchestra plays Mozart in a grand music hall. For admirers of Godard, this densely packed fugue is something, as The New York Times‘s Stephen Holden wrote, to be savored.

In French with English subtitles

Official Selection: Venice Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, New York Film Festival

"A film to be savored." —Stephen Holden, The New York Times

Wed October 26: Showtimes TBA