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Letter to Jane: An Investigation About a Still (1972)

Letter to Jane (1972) is a postscript film to Tout va bien directed by Jean-Luc Godard and Jean-Pierre Gorin and made under the auspices of the Dziga Vertov Group. Narrated in a ... See full summary »

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Uncredited cast:
Marlon Brando ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
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James Dean ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Maria Falconetti ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Henry Fonda ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Jane Fonda ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Lillian Gish ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Jean-Luc Godard ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Jean-Pierre Gorin Jean-Pierre Gorin ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Ernesto 'Che' Guevara ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Golda Meir ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Yves Montand ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Richard Nixon ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
John Wayne ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Letter to Jane (1972) is a postscript film to Tout va bien directed by Jean-Luc Godard and Jean-Pierre Gorin and made under the auspices of the Dziga Vertov Group. Narrated in a back-and-forth style by both Godard and Gorin, the film serves as a 52-minute cinematic essay that deconstructs a single news photograph of Jane Fonda in Vietnam. This was Godard and Gorin's final collaboration. Written by ubuweb film

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10 October 1972 (USA) See more »

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Narrator: The camera took this photograph from a low-angle. Actually in the history of cinema this low point of view cannot be considered an innocent one. This fact has been emphasized technically and socially by Orson Wells in his first pictures. The choice of frame is not neutral or innocent either. The frame is composed in relation to the actress who is looking, rather than in relation to what she is looking at. She is presented in the frame as if she were a star... The following page shows ...
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Klute, JLG style
25 March 2000 | by nunculusSee all my reviews

Godard and J.P. Gorin's hourlong essay on the star of their previous movie--a reflection on a photograph of Jane Fonda among the North Vietnamese. If I recall correctly, Pauline Kael found this movie aestheticized and repugnant; I find it aestheticized and beautiful. Godard's Marxist period now does feel dilettantish, chosen (to quote John Gielgud in a bad spy movie) as "an aesthetic decision more than anything else." But his dilettanterie feels like a grasp through the veil of form--which Godard, in rending it, mastered utterly--toward some fundamental truth about being human. He ultimately found it in the transcendental-poetic, Wallace Stevensish cosmos of his difficult "late" films; but am I the only person who finds this "didactic," "agitprop" period of Godard among his most beautiful work?


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