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A Film Like Any Other
The first film in Jean-Luc Godard's 'radical' period finds the director rejecting established notions of narrative and authorship to present a dialectic response to the events of May '68.
Documentary 1968 107 mins
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
The first film in Jean-Luc Godard's 'radical' period finds the director rejecting established notions of narrative and authorship to present a dialectic response to the events of May '68. Godard intercuts chaotic footage of the student street protests with calmer scenes of students discussing their radical responses as they sit cross-legged in field of long grass.The students in these pastoral scenes are never clearly shown, with their faces always indiscernible, in accordance with Godard's rejection of capitalist individualism in favour of communal action.
Whether intentionally or ironically, the students' endless debating jars humorously with the notion that direct action is the only response to the capitalist system. While Godard would refine his radical approach significantly in his later films under the Dziga Vertov Group banner, A Film Like Any Other is a fascinating milestone in the illustrious filmmaker's career, representing the revolutionary juncture from which Godard would not turn back.
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