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La chinoise

Posted: Fri Jun 02, 2017 4:16 pm
by rapta
Confirmed by Watershed for their upcoming Cinema Rediscovered festival: Arrow Academy will be releasing Godard's La Chinoise later in the year (probably Q3 or early Q4).

Re: Forthcoming: La chinoise

Posted: Fri Jun 02, 2017 4:30 pm
by swo17
Sweet!

Re: Forthcoming: La chinoise

Posted: Fri Jun 02, 2017 7:42 pm
by Calvin
Great news! Hopefully they can include the Pennebaker film Two American Audiences as a bonus

Re: Forthcoming: La chinoise

Posted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:46 am
by swo17

Re: La chinoise

Posted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 7:34 pm
by Calvin
As I said above, I wish they did/could have included Pennebaker’s Two American Audiences but this is a terrific announcement otherwise

Re: La chinoise

Posted: Thu Apr 26, 2018 3:00 am
by charal
This is the first stand alone release by Arrow that I have seen with a silent static menu. I prefer this (which is the norm for discs in box sets by Arrow) because I find the menu music irritating due to its higher volume in relation to the volume of the actual disc content.

I have only skimmed the film but it looks great. I’ll check it with the commentary this weekend. It’s Nice to hear the complete Mao Mao song on the trailer and I always appreciate archive, behind-the-scenes special features. This disc has a fine set of extras, old and new. Well done Arrow.

Can we please have LES CARABINIERS soon?

Re: La chinoise

Posted: Sun Aug 26, 2018 5:08 pm
by zedz
In the commentary for this, James Quandt namechecks Althusser every five minutes, but unfortunately never bothered to find out how to pronounce his name, which kind of makes the whole commentary sound suspect.

Denitza Bantcheva's critical reading of the film is interesting, though it takes the possibly heretical view that the film's revolutionaries are obviously idiots. Charles Bitsch is also refreshing, in talking frankly about not liking Godard as a person or a filmmaker.

The Michel Semianako interview is the longest and the most in-depth about this particular film, and has lots of good information about where Godard's head was (probably) at during this pivotal time of his career.

Re: La chinoise

Posted: Sun Aug 26, 2018 5:29 pm
by knives
Does he mean that Godard intended them to be idiots or that they just happen to be? I've always enjoyed it as a story of morons, but I've never gotten the sense that was how Godard intended it.

Re: La chinoise

Posted: Sun Aug 26, 2018 5:46 pm
by domino harvey
I've never read a critical study of the film that didn't point out that Godard is skeptical of the Rich Kids' Marxist Vacation, a heretical approach would be thinking otherwise

Re: La chinoise

Posted: Sun Aug 26, 2018 6:58 pm
by zedz
Bantcheva seems to go a lot further than that reading. She doesn't just claim that they're spoilt, shallow dilettantes, but that the arguments they're spouting and slogans they're parroting are transparently stupid.

Re: La chinoise

Posted: Wed Aug 29, 2018 10:52 pm
by whaleallright
I have no doubt, given what came after this, that Godard had at least some genuine admiration for these kids and for the aforementioned arguments and slogans. Marker's Le fond de l'air est rouge is the film where you'll find some pretty harsh, yet still largely friendly, criticism (from the left) of French Maoists and their revolutionary conceits. Part of it is addressed to a fellow filmmaker who is very obviously Godard although he's not named.