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Film Socialisme (Blu-ray Review)

12 Jan, 2012 By: Angelique Flores

Kino Lorber
Box Office $0.03 million
$29.95 DVD, $34.95 Blu-ray
Not rated.

If ever a film needed Cliffs Notes, Jean-Luc Godard’s Film Socialisme is one.

The film contains three parts, with a visually stunning presentation in terms of the vibrant colors and the beautifully shot scenery.

The first section takes place on a cruise ship and the second at a gas station, while the third part is a series of essays in images, words and voiceovers.

Throughout the film, the images, scenes and dialogue all are splintered, making a cohesive plot difficult to discern and follow. Patience is tested here, as the fragmentation makes it a challenge to keep your interest level high.

In addition, the politically charged film comments on various global events and history as well as economics, social issues, justice and law.

Oh, and did I mention Patti Smith is strolling around the cruise ship playing guitar and singing?

The film is presented with two subtitle options. The theatrical version is in Godard’s “Navajo English,” which are groups of words that sometimes somewhat summarize what some of the characters are saying. The second subtitle option is the full English translation, which alleviates only some confusion.

Included with the DVD is an essay about the film by Richard Brody, author of Everything Is Cinema: The Working Life of Jean-Luc Godard. This is recommended, if not required, reading if you hope to have any kind of understanding of the film. It probably even makes more sense than the film itself.

Depending on how you might look at this film, it is either revolutionary or a baffling scattering of puzzle pieces — pretty puzzle pieces.

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