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FiN DE CiNÉMA: A Tribute to Jean-Luc Godard

December 14, 2022

FiN DE CiNÉMA: A Tribute to Jean-Luc Godard

Los Angeles premieres!


8:00 PM


8:30 PM


2220 Arts + Archives
2220 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90057

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On  September 13, we lost arguably the most radical and influential of  modern filmmakers: Jean-Luc Godard. To close out Acropolis' seventh  year, we pay tribute to the late master with the Los Angeles premiere of  two films that offer a crucial look into his final decade of  filmmaking.


Les trois désastres (Jean-Luc Godard, 2013, 17 min, 3D)

Commissioned  by the Portuguese city of Guimarães, Godard's first foray into 3D  surveys the history and (mis)uses of the technology while applying a  number of fresh optical techniques that the director would push even  further with the following year's Adieu au Langage. Combining excerpts from films such as Cave of Forgotten DreamsFinal Destination 5, and Piranha 3D with  verbal interrogations of these and other filmmakers' experiments with  stereoscopic imagery (including, most pointedly, James Cameron), Les trois désastres offers an at once radical re-reading of film history and a bracing vision of 3D's limitless potential.

Film Catastrophe (Paul Grivas, 2018, 55 min)

In 2012, the Costa Concordia cruise liner sank off the coast of Tuscany, killing 32 people. In Film Socialisme (2010), the ship served as an allegorical vessel for Jean-Luc Godard’s pointed political critique. In Film Catastrophe, director, actor, and Film Socialisme co-cinematographer Paul Grivas revisits the events by combining on-set  footage of the Godard film and civilian-shot footage captured aboard the  Concordia as it ran aground. Made in the spirit of Godard’s frequent  companion pieces to his own features, this “anatomy of a disaster”  reanimates the ship’s ghostly aura and offers precious insight into  Godard’s process.

Thanks to Fabrice Aragno for making this screening possible.

[A] masterpiece, the first movie of the cinematic future.

- Amy Taubin, Film Comment

Magnificent... [Les trois désastres] diminished all that appeared before and after it in Cannes.

- Daniel Kasman, Lumière

Virtuoso  [and] innovative... Something really serious is being whispered here by  Godard in a language that we don't practice and yet we can't ignore.

- Jean-Michel Frodon, Slate France

What Grivas reveals [in Film Catastrophe] is nothing less than the radical simplicity with which Godard creates moments of breathtaking grandeur.

- Richard Brody, The New Yorker

Remarkable... [Film Catastrophe]  gives back to us certain images of Godard's creation process, a kind of  guerrilla filmmaking where we can witness the creativity of one of the  greatest geniuses of this century.

- José Sarmiento Hinojosa, Desistfilm

(Available to download after screening date)

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