December 14, 2022
FiN DE CiNÉMA: A Tribute to Jean-Luc Godard
Los Angeles premieres!
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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 Dreams, Final 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)