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Vladimir and Rosa

Vladimir et Rosa

France, West Germany, 1971
Avant-Garde, Drama


Free interpretation of the Chicago Eight trial, where Judge Hoffman becomes Judge Himmler (who doodles notes on Playboy centerfolds), the defendants become a microcosms of the French Revolution, and Godard and Gorin play Lenin and Karl Rosa, respectively, discussing politics and cinema.

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Vladimir and Rosa Directed by Groupe Dziga Vertov, Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Pierre Gorin

Critics reviews

Vladimir et Rosa, an attack on the farcical trial of the Chicago Eight, is one of Godard’s funniest films. . . . The trial itself is a chaotic farce in which the judge calls on the defendants simply so he can silence them, banging his gavel so incessantly that eventually just never stops pounding the podium, providing a metronomic rhythm to the judicial railroading.
February 25, 2018
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In 1970, Godard and Jean-Pierre Gorin… continued their run of politically-inspired work—nominally Maoist but locked in conflict between doctrine and image—with a Brechtian farce of the trial of the Chicago Seven. What emerges is a probing psychological analysis of the modern radical as well as an incipient effort to speak in a new voice in another court: Godard and Gorin themselves, raising a racket on a tennis court with the help—or, rather, the decisive hindrance—of a low-tech feedback loop.
October 10, 2013
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