Tuesday, February 19, 2013

2 or 3 Things I Know About Her. C

In 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her, Jean Luc Godard is defying any type of narrative convention, but he's also just being self-indulgent rather than innovative. He wants to say essentially everything that he cares about (or at least that he cared about in 1967), the chief bits being greater government control in a city (clearly  related to the fast-changing Paris of the 60s), a culture based on media and advertising, and what exactly it is to be happy, or how attain happiness. There's a small story here concerning a married mother who works as a prostitute. But Godard spends as much time with her as he does with random strangers as well as his own whispering voice over. Godard clearly doesn't give a rat's ass about what anyone might think of his method, yet one gets the feeling that this is merely the director being self-righteous, saying that because his idea of cinema is infallible he can do exactly as he pleases--and it is great because of it (one also has to note that the movie is filled with references, most of them visual, concerning things only Godard knows about). But I failed to be moved or very interested in anything Godard had going on. He makes a few good points, as when he gets at the importance of memory or when he pans back at the end of the film to reveal a lawn full of grocery items, but not only is the overall product hard to like, but it's tough to even admire. One could call the film bold for tackling so many ideas, but it could just as easily be labeled as jumbled and confused, too much by a man who thought he was too much. 

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