MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 23,840 this week

La chinoise (1967)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  4 March 1968 (USA)
7.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.3/10 from 2,713 users  
Reviews: 22 user | 28 critic

A small group of French students are studying Mao, trying to find out their position in the world and how to change the world to a Maoistic community using terrorism.

Director:

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 42 titles
created 08 May 2011
 
a list of 40 titles
created 30 Jul 2011
 
a list of 30 titles
created 02 Apr 2013
 
a list of 27 titles
created 20 Jun 2013
 
a list of 45 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items

Search for "La chinoise" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: La chinoise (1967)

La chinoise (1967) on IMDb 7.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of La chinoise.
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A French striptease artist is desperate to become a mother. When her reluctant boyfriend suggests his best friend to impregnate her, feelings become complicated when she accepts.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard
Stars: Anna Karina, Jean-Claude Brialy, Jean-Paul Belmondo
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

On a movie set, in a factory, and at a hotel, Godard explores the nature of work, love and film making. While Solidarity takes on the Polish government, a Polish film director, Jerzy, is ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Luc Godard
Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Hanna Schygulla, Michel Piccoli
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Two crooks with a fondness for old Hollywood B-movies convince a languages student to help them commit a robbery.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard
Stars: Anna Karina, Claude Brasseur, Danièle Girard
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Pierrot escapes his boring society and travels from Paris to the Mediterranean Sea with Marianne, a girl chased by hit-men from Algeria. They lead an unorthodox life, always on the run.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard
Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Anna Karina, Graziella Galvani
Détective (1985)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

In a palace of Paris. Two detectives are investigating a two-year-old murder. Emile and Francoise Chenal are putting pressure on Jim Fox Warner, a boxing manager, who owes them a huge ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Luc Godard
Stars: Laurent Terzieff, Aurelle Doazan, Jean-Pierre Léaud
Alphaville (1965)
Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A U.S. secret agent is sent to the distant space city of Alphaville where he must find a missing person and free the city from its tyrannical ruler.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard
Stars: Eddie Constantine, Anna Karina, Akim Tamiroff
Vivre Sa Vie (1962)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Twelve episodic tales in the life of a Parisian woman and her slow descent into prostitution.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard
Stars: Anna Karina, Sady Rebbot, André S. Labarthe
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

In part one there is talk of a project on the subject of love, with the example of three couples, one young, one mature and the other elderly. At this point the author comes into contact ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Luc Godard
Stars: Bruno Putzulu, Cécile Camp, Jean Davy
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An examination of sexual relationships, in which three protagonists interact in different combinations.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard
Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Jacques Dutronc, Nathalie Baye
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Carmen is a member of a terrorist gang who falls in love with a young police officer guarding a bank that she and her cohorts try to rob. She leads him on while dragging the two of them ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Luc Godard
Stars: Maruschka Detmers, Jacques Bonnaffé, Myriem Roussel
Soft and Hard (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Jean-Luc Godard and Anne-Marie Mieville talk about their films, while doing everyday tasks around their house.

Directors: Jean-Luc Godard, Anne-Marie Miéville
Stars: Jean-Luc Godard, Anne-Marie Miéville
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A film about politics and the media, in which two workers in a newspaper plant attempt to make a film.

Directors: Jean-Luc Godard, Anne-Marie Miéville
Stars: Michel Marot, Anne-Marie Miéville
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
...
Veronique
...
Guillaume
Juliet Berto ...
Yvonne
Michel Semeniako ...
Henri
Lex De Bruijn ...
Kirilov
Omar Diop ...
Omar
Francis Jeanson ...
Francis
Blandine Jeanson ...
Blandine
Eliane Giovagnoli ...
Son ami
Edit

Storyline

A small group of French students are studying Mao, trying to find out their position in the world and how to change the world to a Maoistic community using terrorism. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

4 March 1968 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La chinoise  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$9,355 (USA) (12 October 2007)

Gross:

$26,803 (USA) (19 October 2007)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

René Arthaud (1915 - 2007) was a French politician, a prominent member of the French Communist party. He served in several positions in various French governments. See more »

Quotes

[repeated lines]
Veronique: Guillaume, answer the phone!
See more »

Connections

Featured in Gisele (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Mao Mao
by Claudes Channes
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

The Maoist ideal explored in a bourgeois setting

La Chinoise, possibly Godard's most political work, is very much a film of its time. The mid-1960s was a period of great social change and political tension. America was at war with Vietnam, relations between Russia and the West were growing ever cooler, and the Far East was awakening to the hymn of the Chinese cultural revolution. Nearer to home, there was increasing tension between the French government, public-sector workers and the student population, which would come to a head in the following year with the student riots. It would have been more surprising if a French film director had not created a film like La Chinoise.

Here, Godard's method of film-making is at its most primitive and extreme. In a sense, it is hardly a film at all, but a series of sketches nailed crudely together, interspersed with some pretty wild pop-art like imagery. The end result is raggedy, colourful, a bit rough round the edges, but also quite witty.

It is not clear from this film where Godard's political allegiances lie. We can see that he is against the hypocrisy of the Amercain interventionalist policy, which he suggests are derived from imperialistic motives. However, it is less certain where he stands with regard to the Maoist communist ideal. The discussion between the students appears incredibly naïve, didactic, to the point of self-mockery. And the fact that the students are evidently from a middle class background seems to further underline the contradiction between their personal circumstances and their apparently deeply held beliefs.

It is probably safest to regard La Chinoise as Godard's view of how students consider the politics of the time rather than as a portrayal of his own political views. With that in mind, the film reads as a very perceptive study of the naivety of young adults. For these people, freed from the need to work for a living as they pursue their studies in comfortable surroundings, it is easy to contrive a woolly-minded simplistic picture of the world, and to believe that a few bombs in a few school classrooms will solve everything. As the film reveals in its final segment, the dream ends as soon as the degree course has ended. Godard seems consciously to be admitting that his film will change nothing but that it is nonetheless valuable to at least make his statement.


30 of 36 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Not impressed... seroe
Soundtrack... ? Cinephilus
VHS or DVD? safeasmilk
script de 'La Chinoise' badlydrawnbas
Trailer MathiasLeonard
Chinoise, La - Art Director Toni-6
Discuss La chinoise (1967) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?