Jean-Luc Godard: The Ultimate Collection

  |  Buy to Own: 14/07/2008
  |  1190 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC


13 classic films from legendary director, Jean-Luc Godard. In 'Le Mepris' (1963), aspiring playwright Paul Javal (Michel Piccoli) finds himself caught between the creative director (Fritz Lang, playing himself) and the crass producer Prokosch (Jack Palance) on a movie version of Homer's 'The Odyssey'. While the director wants to faithfully re-create Homer's world, the producer waves his chequebook and wants more mermaids. When Paul finds himself swayed by the power of the producer's money, he finds his wife Camille (Brigitte Bardot) begins to regard him with increasing contempt. In 'Alphaville' (1965), private eye Lemmy Caution (Eddie Constantine) is catapulted into space and ends up in Alphaville, a city run by domineering scientist Dr von Braun (Howard Vernon). After Caution sees his chief contact being killed, he becomes determined to strike at Alphaville's cold heart: a powerful computer system that stamps out all traces of individuality and emotion in the populace it controls. In 'Passion' (1982), a Polish director is making a film called 'Passion', recreating in tableaux vivants a series of celebrated paintings by Goya, Ingres, Delacroix and Rembrandt. While doing so, the director is having an affair with the owner of the French motel where he and the crew are staying. Her husband has to cope with a labour dispute at his factory led by a female worker. Meanwhile, money for the film is running out and the backers are complaining that there is no story. 'A Bout De Souffle' (1959) is the tale of the brief love affair between petty criminal Michel (Jean-Paul Belmondo) and young American student Patricia (Jean Seberg). Michel has killed a motorcycle cop and is now hiding out in Patricia's Paris apartment but the police are getting closer and, as Michel falls deeper in love with Patricia, his time also gets shorter and shorter. In 'Made in USA' (1966), journalist Paula Nelson (Anna Karina) arrives in Atlantic City in search of her missing ex-lover. She soon discovers that he has been murdered by an unknown assassin, and begins to suspect that he was involved in some political intrigue. In her quest to uncover the truth, she meets a sequence of shady characters from gun-toting gangsters to corrupt police officers. In 'Pierrot Le Fou' (1965), Ferdinand (Belmondo) leaves his wife and child and runs off with the babysitter Marianne (Karina). The pair head south to find Marianne's brother, with Ferdinand getting caught up in Marianne's crimes along the way as they both spiral toward destruction. In 'Une Femme Est Une Femme' (1961), nightclub stripper Angela (Karina) wants to have a baby but her lover Emile (Jean-Claude Brialy) refuses to co-operate. Angela threatens to get pregnant by the first man that comes along and Emile suggests his friend Alfred (Belmondo), who is in love with Angela. In 'La Chinoise' (1967), five philosophy students, ardent supporters of Maoist political doctrine, make the decision to mount a terrorist campaign to establish a strictly Maoist communist state. Godard underplays their fanaticism by satirising their petty obsession with all the trappings of their political affiliation, including their love of political posters, their need to each own a copy of Mao's Little Red Book, and their slavish chanting of communist slogans. 'Le Petit Soldat' (1966) follows Bruno (Michel Subor), a disillusioned young deserter who becomes involved in the French nationalist movement despite his lack of deep political beliefs. Under orders, he kills an Algerian sympathiser and is then captured and tortured. When he meets and falls in love with a beautiful young woman, Veronika Dreyer (Karina), he does not realise that she is fighting for the other side. 'Detective' (1985) is a thriller set in an old Parisian hotel populated with extraordinary characters, including the house detective, who is still trying to solve a murder from years before. 'Notre Musique' (2004) is an experimental drama which uses a three act structure to explore the nature of politics and art during a symposium hosted by a French-Jewish academic in Sarajevo about the question of Palestine and the conflict with Israel. In 'Helas Pur Moi' (1993), at a Swiss lakeside resort, a book publisher investigates a mysterious tale of a god-like being who supposedly entered the body of a man to make love to his wife. Finally, in 'Eloge De L'Amour' (2001), Edgar (Bruno Putzulu) is a young man putting together an art project about the four stages of love. He meets a woman named Berthe (Cecile Camp) who seems to be perfect for the lead role, but she gives him the strange feeling that they might have met before. The film then flashes back to a period two years before, when Edgar visited Brittany and met an old couple who had been members of the Resistance and who were currently negotiating to sell their story to Steven Spielberg.