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64 Ratings

Soft and Hard

United Kingdom, France, 1985


Jean-Luc Godard’s Soft and Hard costars Godard and his longtime collaborator Anne-Marie Mieville. In an experimental, free-form manner, Godard sets about to show how the average public has been affected by the Media, and vice-versa.

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Soft and Hard Directed by Jean-Luc Godard, Anne-Marie Miéville
Though a minor effort, it nonetheless suggested an important new aspect to Godard’s effort to fuse work and life: the “friends” it shows in conversation are Godard and Miéville, and the hard subject they discuss is the cinema… [The] ingenious and moving conclusion posed the question of working together against the background (as for Godard) of the mystical, mythical mechanism of the history of cinema or (as for Miéville) against the tabula rasa of experience.
May 13, 2007
[It’s a] fascinating, private portrait of the daily routine of the two filmmakers and companions… A kind of parody of French cinema’s obsession with le couple and a candid self-portrait that extends some of the issues raised in NUMÉRO DEUX, SOFT AND HARD is requisite for understanding the project of Godard and Miéville over the past two decades.
January 18, 2002
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A 48-minute video that’s premiering in Chicago ten years after it was made, Jean-Luc Godard and Anne-Marie Mieville’s Soft and Hard (A Soft Conversation Between Two Friends on a Hard Subject) is so far in advance of most films and videos made today about the essential properties of both media that it makes not so much Chicago but contemporary Western culture feel like an intellectual backwater.
November 16, 1995
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