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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 ...
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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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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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Jerzy: You can't save yourself by saving the world.
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Frères humains, L'amour n'a pas d'âge
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"We live in bloodless times"
20 April 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

My theory is this: you have to watch this film after midnight, after all the cares of the day are forgotten (the phone call you forgot to make, the stuff you didn't pick up at the store) and you can relax completely. Just let the scenes unspool before you, the beautiful images wash over you. Godard has made a kind of masterpiece, under trying circumstances--he wanted Vittorio Storaro as DP, and had to call in Coutard, with whom he was no longer friendly--and his efforts were not crowned with commercial success; the picture was a flop.

Jerzy's character is fascinating; he seems to take inertia to new heights. Imagine refusing to shoot because the lighting is wrong. Fritz Lang (and Godard himself, of course) would never have used that silly excuse: they would have worked around any problems on the set. Miss Lucachevski, the tall and very elegant script-girl, says that she is tired of working on a production that produces nothing and we can feel her frustration. Jerzy asks her to read a passage from Les Miserables about Enjolras's passion, then he makes the bloodless remark about bloodless times I've used in the summary. Radziwilowicz is a pudding-faced actor who shows us little of what he's feeling. Hanna Schygulla on the other hand is extraordinarily animated and focused as the uneasy female angle of the triangle with Michel and Jerzy. She is photographed better here than Fassbinder managed to shoot her in his films. MacCabe's book on Godard tells how she came to work one day after a night of excess and Godard insisted on shooting her with every wrinkle lovingly recorded. Whatever, she is gorgeous, every bit as striking as Anna Karina, or even Jane Fonda, to name two of Godard's leading ladies.

The enactments of the paintings are ravishing, worth the price of the video in themselves. Myriem Roussel posing on the pool deck for the Ingres Bather is stunning, the entry of the crusaders into Jerusalem will delight you. A knockout.


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