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67 Ratings

Opération 'Béton'

Directed by Jean-Luc Godard
Switzerland, 1955
Short, Documentary


Jean-Luc Godard’s first film. After returning to Switzerland, Godard went to work as a manual worker at a dam building site, using the money he earned to buy a camera, and making a short documentary about the building of the Grand Dixence Dam.
(Also known as Operation Concrete.)

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Opération 'Béton' Directed by Jean-Luc Godard

Critics reviews

Though he kept several of Laubscher’s felicitous turns of phrase, Godard’s version, which he recorded in his own voice, greatly amplified the verbiage and resembled, instead of a series of photo captions, a person’s enthusiastic, digressive account of his experience at work.
May 13, 2007

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