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La chinoise

La chinoise, ou plutôt à la chinoise: Un film en train de se faire

Directed by Jean-Luc Godard
France, 1967
Comedy, Drama


Paris, 1967. Five university students, spend their summer vacation holed up in an apartment borrowed from a friend’s wealthy parents. They spend their time studying political texts, delivering lectures to each other, and discussing how they can apply the teachings of Mao Tse-tung to their own lives.

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La chinoise Directed by Jean-Luc Godard
As much a parody of youthful radicalism as it is an embrace of it, La Chinoise is Jean-Luc Godard’s study of a mounting political crisis in France, seen through the eyes of a group of young Maoists preparing for revolution… For all of its satirical humor, the film marks one of Godard’s earliest and most earnest demonstrations of the infuriating, despairing irreconcilability of radical theory with actionable practice.
October 19, 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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It is like a pop-art punch of images that surmises the ethos of the cultured: intellects of the West in the late 1960s; young, bright, attractive students furiously reading, debating and discussing how to make the world a better place. In a way, these students, so lost in the sincerity of their cause, are something to marvel at and, yet, I’m less inclined to be nostalgic when observing the state of the radical Left now, fifty years on.
August 21, 2017
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