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“A story should have a beginning, a middle, and an end… but not necessarily in that order.” — Jean-Luc Godard

The American Cinematheque kicks off its upcoming Godard series at the Aero with a members’ screening of LE REDOUTABLE / GODARD MON AMOUR. Written and directed Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist, 2011), the new film is based on the autobiographical novel Un an après (“a year later”) by Anne Wiazemsky. The book covers the period Wiazemsky starred in LA CHINOISE (1967), Godard’s investigation of a group of Parisian Maoists.

Wiazemsky and Godard were wed while shooting LA CHINOISE – an apotheosis of the director’s creative approach to editing – but the marriage was strained from the start by a director distracted by public indifference to his recent work.  At the same time, Godard became entrenched in the burgeoning revolution that had begun in the mid-Sixties at the university at Nanterre, and which culminated in the general strikes and Latin Quarter street battles of 1968 – events for which LA CHINOISE had provided an agitprop blueprint.

GODARD MON AMOUR  starring Louis Garrel and Stacy Martin  gained Waizemsky’s blessing after Hazanavicius promised her the movie would be a comedy.  She joined him at the film’s Cannes premiere last year, one of her last public appearances before her death in October 2017.

Subsequent screenings in the series include LA CHINOISEÀ BOUT DE SOUFFLE (BREATHLESS), BANDE À PART (BAND OF OUTSIDERS), WEEKEND, and VIVRE SA VIE, as well as a 3-D presentation of ADIEU AU LANGAGE (GOODBYE TO LANGUAGE, 2014).


GODARD MON AMOUR, Monday, April 16, at 7:30 pm.

With a post-screening conversation with Michel Hazanavicius.

For membership info, see: egyptiantheatre.com/amcine/join

LA CHINOISE, Wednesday, April 18, at 7:30 pm.

BREATHLESS and BAND OF OUTSIDERS, Saturday, April 21, at 7:30 pm.

GOODBYE TO LANGUAGE, Thursday, April 26, at 7:30 pm.

WEEKEND and VIVRE SA VIE, Friday, April 27, at 7:30 pm.

AERO THEATRE, 1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica.


GODARD MON AMOUR opens at the ROYAL in West Los Angeles on Friday, April 20:


Top: Anne Wiazemsky and Jean-Luc Godard filming La Chinoise. Image credit: Pennebaker Films/Photofest.

Middle: Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg in Breathless.

Below: Louis Garrel (foreground left) as Godard, Stacy Martin as Wiazemsky, and Micha Lescot as Jean-Pierre Bamberger (“Bamban”) in Le redoutable/Godard Mon Amour. Image credit: Cohen Media Group.

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