DVD Rating: **

Reviewed by: Angus Wolfe Murray

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An almost unrecogniseable Louis Garrel as renegade director Jean-Luc Godard in Michel Hazanavicius’ Redoubtable
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As the final credits roll behind them, the director and three of the leading actors troop on stage to applause from the unseen audience.

There is a mutual admiration vibe in the air which anticipates nothing interesting will come of this. They are asked questions about the style of the Sixties and how much they studied it from Godard's movies and even (embarrassed admission) Truffaut's. The answer is ambivalent.

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Michel Hazanavicius makes jokes about his bad English. Everyone laughs, which is surprising. After a short time, during which little of substance emerges, questions are invited from the audience. One asks about whether anyone checks the subtitles for accuracy. It turns out Hazanavicius was responsible in this case and, as he admitted earlier, his English is rubbish. Someone else praises the film for its understanding and support for the African American struggle. This baffles everyone. The final question puts them on the spot as well. "What is your favorite Godard film?" You get the impression that they haven't seen many. Louis Garrel, who plays Godard on screen, side steps by asking the questioner why he wants to know.

The trailer is confusing, like the film, but clever, almost intriguing.

Reviewed on: 06 Sep 2018
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Paris 1967. Jean-Luc Godard, the leading filmmaker of his generation, is shooting La Chinoise with the woman he loves, Anne Wiazemsky, 20 years his junior. They are happy, attractive, in love, they marry. But the film’s reception unleashes a profound self-examination in Jean-Luc.
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Region: 2

Ratio: 16:9

Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1

Extras: BFI London Film Festival Q&A 2017, trailer

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