As with Godard's other films, this is a densely packed, *dialectical* work, something that the Catholic Church seems not to have understood when they denounced the film. This is a generous, spiritual, and beautiful work of art from one of the cinema's keenest and most roving minds. Every frame is composed to perfection, with especially great usage of nature.
Godard does spirituality—I think. There is cosmic imagery here, the stuff of Malick filtered through Godard's gift for picking a simple visual metaphor and letting your mind run with it. In re-rendering the Gospels, it makes the virgin birth a parable about different kinds of love and the sanctity of the (female) body. Which means that when the Vatican freaked out, they didn't realize just how respectful it was.
35mm.The fact that i participated in the political riot against religious obscurantism in 1985, when this film was presented at cinematheque, marked me more than the memory of the film itself. Rewatching it now, it's a corny collation of images that looking for the absolute only gives us nothing more than sunsets, flowers, moon and Roussel's (less) sacred parts, with the usual musical and literary panoply.
Most erotic Godard film I've seen yet. I was impressed by the score and the quick cuts between nature and modern life was simply glorious. I'm starting to prefer late-Godard to early-Godard, simply because the aftertaste is stronger and they conjure up thoughts about life that no other director seems to dare go. Film really is truth, so Godard showed zero restraint in this film. Brave and beautiful.
Hail Mary is an engaging and strange work of art by Jean-Luc Godard, our Holy Spirit of filmmakers. The film depicts a modern re-telling of the Virgin Mary myth and how its narrative would apply to our modern times. Godard's film, as usual, is incredibly dense and it defies easy summary and analysis. [cont.]
a much more interesting film about religion than Gibson's chain saw christ which was just an exercise in violence & torture porn ...its revealing that that film got the mark of approval as the events as they happened from the pope and this was demonized.. what did they find so horrifying?a little nudity& the idea that these near mythic characters they play could be human ..have human concerns(like the rest of us)?
It was 1985, my country was still under enormous pressure from the Catholic Church. Although there was no censorship, the government did not allow the film to be shown. We saw the movie, at university, more as protest than aesthetic appreciation. I see it now again, and it seems surprisingly delicate, almost a poem. Music and nature to punctuate the narrative, seems to me so especially beautiful.