December 2: Jeffrey’s Underground Cinema

FILM SOCIALISME  (2010)

Directed by Jean-Luc Godard

101 minutes

English subtitles

Doors open at 7.30 pm, program starts at 8 pm

Free entrance

In a time when the idea of Socialism has died, and we pretend that we are a “united Europe” but have no problems to abandon Greece when it’s having economic problems, and when in fact Germany is taking charge of Europe (just like the good old days…has anything changed?) Jean-Luc Godard, vital as ever, brings us a film called SOCIALISM, which confronts us with the dream that we have abandoned.

The film is a symphony in three movements. The first movement, Des choses comme ça (“Such things”) takes place on a Mediterranean cruise, with a mix of various conversations in numerous languages between the passengers, almost all of whom are on holiday. The second movement, Notre Europe (“Our Europe”) depicts a sister and her younger brother who have summoned their parents to appear before a Court of childhood. The children demand explanations of the themes of liberty, equality and fraternity… the things our lives are supposed to be based on. The final movement, Nos humanités (“Our humanities”) visits six legendary sites of true or false myths: Egypt, Palestine, Odessa, Hellas, Naples and Barcelona. As is normal with his films these days, Godard’s movie is an art piece, which demands the viewer’s interpretation and goes against easy consumption. Starring musician Patti Smith and philosopher Alain Badiou, amongst a host of others. This will be a high-definition screening.

As one critic noted:

“As psychology is the cheap tool of Hollywood plot and the axis of identification….and capitalism’s made us mercenaries to our bank accounts or cattle homeowners branded by decor, the only ideology is that ideology is dead: men are bodies in a landscape or photos on a Facebook wall….. commodity forms taken by money, that content without content, that soul without a soul. This neat outlook makes it somewhat easier to make movies — no plot and, as Godard recently explained, no characters…only the unthinking image, proliferated by digital cameras, cell phones, and the local news as a commodified substitute for local consciousness.”

Watch the trailer

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