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La Chinoise (1967)

La chinoise (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 4 March 1968 (USA)
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:

Jean-Luc Godard

Writer:

Jean-Luc Godard
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Cast

Cast overview:
Anne Wiazemsky ... Veronique
Jean-Pierre Léaud ... Guillaume
Juliet Berto ... Yvonne
Michel Semeniako Michel Semeniako ... Henri
Lex De Bruijn Lex De Bruijn ... Kirilov
Omar Diop Omar Diop ... Omar
Francis Jeanson Francis Jeanson ... Francis
Blandine Jeanson Blandine Jeanson ... Blandine
Eliane Giovagnoli Eliane Giovagnoli ... Son ami
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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>

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

4 March 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La Chinoise See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,355, 14 October 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$26,803, 21 October 2007
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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Roger Planchon (1931 - 2009) was a celebrated French stage director, noted for his work with the plays of Bertolt Brecht and his neo-Marxist views. See more »

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[repeated lines]
Veronique: Guillaume, answer the phone!
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The Maoist ideal explored in a bourgeois setting
24 June 2000 | by jameswtraversSee all my reviews

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.


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