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12 July 1969 (UK) See more »
How do we learn? What do we know? Night after night, not long before dawn, two young adults, Patricia and Emile... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Juliet Berto ... Patricia Lumumba

Jean-Pierre Léaud ... Emile Rousseau

Jean-Luc Godard ... Narrator (voice)
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Directed by
Jean-Luc Godard 
Writing credits
Jean-Luc Godard (written by)

Jean-Jacques Rousseau (text)

Cinematography by
Georges Leclerc 
Film Editing by
Germaine Cohen 

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Also Known As:
"Le gai savoir" - France (original title)
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USA:95 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
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17 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Not his best, 7 July 2006
Author: fred3f from United States

This film is one of Godard's most didactic and least cinematic. It could easily have been a play. Taking place on a bare sound stage, the characters are meant to seem detached from the distractions of the world. This is supposed to allow them to dwell completely in the world of ideas and come to terms with the essence of revolution. But oddly this device seems to work against Goddard. Istead of creating an atmosphere of purity and lack of compromise, it seems as if they have detached themselves from reality and are completely wrapped up in themselves. One gets the idea that their thoughts are overblown to the point of becoming egotistical. Goddard is trying to show two people willing to go to the limits of their ideas. It is an interesting concept, but long after the point is made, he continues to make it to the point of tedium. Where Goddard tries to be an iconoclast, he only achieves a very painful boredom. It is an experiment that didn't work. The concept of the film sounds good but in practice it doesn't come across.

I think this film is only for the hard core Goddard fan, or someone who so strongly agrees with his social-political view, that any statement of them is reassuring and pleasant. Unless you are one or the other, proceed at your own risk.

I saw this when it came out in the 60's at a film fest in NYC at Lincoln Center. I was a big fan of Goddard at the time, but this film changed that. I didn't see another Goddard film for 10 years. I have gotten back to enjoying his films, but I would never revisit this one.

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