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Godard's Passion (1982)

Passion (original title)
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 »

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Isabelle
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Hanna
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Michel Boulard
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Jerzy
László Szabó ...
László
Jean-François Stévenin ...
Le machino
Patrick Bonnel ...
Bonnel
Sophie Lucachevski ...
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Barbara Tissier
Magali Campos ...
Magali
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Myriem
Serge Desarnanos
Ágnes Bánfalvy ...
(as Ági Bánfalvi)
Ezio Ambrosetti
Manuelle Baltazar
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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 stuck in France making a film for TV. He's over budget and uninspired; the film, called "Passion," seems static and bloodless. Hanna owns the hotel where the film crew stays. She lives with Michel, who runs a factory where he's fired Isabelle, a floor worker. Hanna and Isabelle are drawn to Jerzy, hotel maids quit to be movie extras, people ask Jerzy where the story is in his film, women disrobe, extras grope each other off camera, and Jerzy wonders why there must always be a story. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Godard mixes up politics, love and the workers plight, with the struggles of filmmaking, in his cheeky brand of art.

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The tableaux vivants filmed are: "The Night Watch" by Rembrandt; "The Parasol", "The Third of May 1808", "La Maja Desnuda" and "Charles IV of Spain and His Family" by Goya; "The Valpinçon Bather" and "The Turkish Bath" by Ingres; "Entry of the Crusaders in Constantinople" and "Jacob wrestling with the angel" by Eugène Delacroix; "Assumption of the Virgin" by El Greco; "The Embarkation for Cythera" by Watteau. See more »

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Hanna: Hi Isabelle, what's up?
Isabelle: You shouldn't make fun of the working class.
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Requiem
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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11 January 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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 stuck in France making a film for TV. He's over budget and uninspired; the film, called "Passion," seems static and bloodless.

Godard met Hanna Schygulla in Hollywood when she was shooting "One from the Heart" with Francis Ford Coppola. Godard asked Schygulla at once if she wanted to participate in his new film but she first wanted to see a synopsis. Soon after Godard sent her a three-page summary in English. The film marks Godard's reunion with cinematographer Raoul Coutard; the last time they had worked together was on "Week-end" (1967), which is usually considered the end of the French New Wave.

Of Godard's later (Second Wave) films, this may be the most artistic. He not only references works of art in the film several times over, but even makes film an art within an art. The casting of little people for the film-within-a-film is interesting, and adds that surreal quality to the movies that people of unusual size tend to do. This is definitely worth a repeat viewing.


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