Kamis, 09 Juni 2011

Jean-Luc Godard - For Ever Mozart (1996)

A grizzled film director sets out with several members of his household (including the fictitious granddaughter of Albert Camus) to stage a Musset play in embattled Sarajevo.

As these modern-day Quixotes proceed on their fool?s quest through the bloody chaos of Bosnia, Godard provides witty, wintry updates of earlier masterpieces, including Weekend (journey of bourgeois buffoons through an apocalyptic, neo-barbarian landscape), Les Carabiniers (absurdist war film with offhand atrocities), and Contempt (contentious filmmaking by the sea, with ranting producer, exasperated actress, and pornographic dialogue).

FOR EVER MOZART mixes fast-paced intellectual vaudeville with graceful philosophical reflections and startling moments of quiet beauty that pierce through the rapid-fire barrage of quotation and gunfire (Newyorkerfilms)

This feature from veteran iconoclast Jean-Luc Godard is as dense and complex as the rest of his later films, but it's more focused, perhaps due to its subject matter. Although Godard is not to everyone's taste, "Forever Mozart" should delight the filmmaker's loyal following.
The film has four distinct storylines, and in each an elderly director is trying to cast and shoot a movie about recent events in Bosnia. As is usual with Godard, there is no conventional plot or memorable character. Rather, Godard ruminates on the relationship between art and politics and on the role cinema plays in this exchange. Not surprisingly, "Forever Mozart" tackles ideas with intellectual rigor while retaining a suggestive and poetic air. But the highlight--thanks in part to exquisite cinematography by Christophe Pollock--is Godard's mastery of beautiful images.-Craig Vickers Ever Mozart (Jean-Luc Godard, 1996) CD1.avi Ever Mozart (Jean-Luc Godard, 1996) CD2.avi

Eng subs

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