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Joy of Learning

Le gai savoir

Directed by Jean-Luc Godard
France, West Germany, 1969
Avant-Garde, Cult


How do we learn? What do we know? Night after night, not long before dawn, two young adults, Patricia and Emile, meet on a sound stage to discuss learning, discourse, and the path to revolution.

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Joy of Learning Directed by Jean-Luc Godard
Godard’s use of montage up to this point in his career had resembled the run-on thoughts of a prodigy incapable of finishing one sentence before leaping to the next thing on his mind. The playfulness of his editing is still evident here, though flecked with a greater sense of ambition, one devoted not merely to capturing the frantic speed of Godard’s own mind, but of a larger ethical and political engagement of cinema and society.
October 11, 2017
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WEEKEND announced the end of cinema, and so LE GAI SAVOIR serve as a gnarly defibrillator apparatus: the defeated patient lies unconscious on the operating table, periodically shocked back to life, a trickle of images escaping the void. This is cinema ground zero… Though Godard’s avowed cinematic reference points are Dziga Vertov and Glauber Rocha, LE GAI SAVOIR more directly fulfills the aspirations of F.W. Murnau.
October 06, 2017
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Godard was stirred by the political action going on around him, but he was more interested in the intellectual activity that was guiding it. As such, La Chinoise and Le Gai Savoir are ultimately about the thrill of discovering new ideas and the ways in which thought can transform individuals. No director has been better than Godard at communicating these phenomena in sounds and images.
October 06, 2017
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