Join Irmgard Emmelhainz and Soyoung Yoon for an e-flux launch and conversation about Emmelhainz’s new book JEAN-LUC GODARD’S POLITICAL FILMMAKING.
The book “offers an examination of the political dimensions of a number of Godard’s films from the 1960s to the present. The author seeks to dispel the myth that Godard’s work abandoned political questions after the 1970s and was limited to merely formal ones. The book includes a discussion of militant filmmaking and Godard’s little-known films from the Dziga Vertov Group period, which were made in collaboration with Jean-Pierre Gorin. The chapters present a thorough account of Godard’s investigations on the issue of aesthetic-political representation, including his controversial juxtaposition of the Shoah and the Nakba.
“Emmelhainz argues that the French director’s oeuvre highlights contradictions between aesthetics and politics in a quest for a dialectical image. By positing all of Godard’s work as experiments in dialectical materialist filmmaking, from Le Petit soldat (1963) to Adieu au langage (2014), the author brings attention to Godard’s ongoing inquiry on the role filmmakers can have in progressive political engagement.”*
Wednesday, September 25, at 7 pm.
311 East Broadway, New York City.
Jean-Luc Godard, from top: Film Socialisme (2010), still; portrait of Godard by Philippe R. Doumic, circa 1960; book cover image Palgrave Macmillan; Anna Karina and Michel Subor in Le Petit soldat, shot in 1960, released in 1963, still; Adieu au langage (2014), still. Images courtesy and © the filmmaker, the actors, the producers, and the publishers.