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359 Ratings

British Sounds

United Kingdom, 1969


Filmed in the UK in 1969, this documentary examines the daily routine at an auto factory assembly line, the status of women in a capitalist society, class consciousness and the need for political organization, set against class-conflict and The Communist Manifesto.
(Also known as See You at Mao.)

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Critics reviews

Two years ago, around the release of Godard’s Goodbye to Language, I found myself thinking of the fists of British Sounds that poke through the screen’s skin. But in the Great Man’s first experiment with 3D, that membrane is durable, elastic—it stretches and wobbles, as snouts, limbs, objects lunge from the screen. But nothing punches through.
March 24, 2016
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What are people saying?

  • Lynch/Fellini's rating of the film British Sounds

    As relevant now as it was when it came out!

  • josé neves's rating of the film British Sounds

    PC. "Tout Va Bien" would recover and expand the extraordinary initial hypnotic/deafening travelling at the car factory, one of this collective's great moments. The sound erupts stridently in and the political prophecy arises from off, which by conjugation with image leads to an iridescent duality: work is what is intertwined with a political doing called cinema.

  • Ghostman's rating of the film British Sounds

    British Sounds is a revolutionary film, both in the cinematic and the political definition of the term 'revolutionary'. Made for British television and rejected, the documentary explores class conflicts in Britain and ways to take action. Directed by Jean-Luc Godard and Jean-Henri Roger, as well as 'Comrades of the Dziga Vertov Groupe', British Sounds is a film that radically aestheticizes radical politics; [cont.]

  • Jason's rating of the film British Sounds

    While never precisely hectoring (it is too broken-down, muddy, diffuse, at odds with itself) BRITISH SOUNDS is nonetheless too declamatory at times. The final minutes are very weak indeed. Looking for new forms in fractured times, SOUNDS is profoundly successful in terms of its finding a form adequate to what it assays, though it seems to be advocating for a kind of militant cinema it doesn't actually represent.

  • smndvdcl's rating of the film British Sounds

    JLG's Dziga Vertov era pieces work like a political video essay that lacks the narrative nous of his New Wave era films. There are still many merits nonetheless. His analysis of Marxist thought within a British context intrigues in displaying 70s Leftist groupthink. However, it has dated in its reading of Communism in tandem with Socialism. I would argue that JLG was a better filmmaker than a documentarian.

  • Richmond Hill's rating of the film British Sounds

    Typical Godardian grit in the salad with the expected shards of dissonant provocation and agit prop, be they political or stylistic. One gets the gist in the first ten minutes - although the car assembly-line footage is rather mesmeric - with the remainder almost a parody of these things. However the wannabe student protestors are suitably sent-up.

  • Renton47's rating of the film British Sounds

    Much more easy to digest than A Film Like Any Other but doesn't quite achieve its synthesis of form and content. I vibed the didactic narration, laying clear the agenda. Dont quite know how to read the image of a naked woman paired with the women's lib text, or the hippies tweaking Beatle lyrics. Hopeful and cruel? Still, gotta love that at one stage there are three sound tracks playing simultaneously.

  • Ashley Spendlove's rating of the film British Sounds

    Godard in agit-prop mode - surprisingly watchable and at times engaging: the opening production line section and the later discussion amongst the workers have a real poignancy to them. The question for me is whether JLG recognised the irony of his positions: feminist discourse against male gaze camerawork, or the superficiality of the students' clearly privileged radicalism - rhetorically shaky but provocative.

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