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Tout Va Bien (1972)

Tout va bien (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 16 February 1973 (USA)
Godard examines the structure of movies, relationships and revolutions through the life of a couple in Paris.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yves Montand ... Him, Jacques
Jane Fonda ... Her, Suzanne
Vittorio Caprioli ... Factory Manager
Elizabeth Chauvin Elizabeth Chauvin ... Genevieve
Castel Casti Castel Casti ... Jacques
Éric Chartier Éric Chartier ... Lucien
Louis Bugette Louis Bugette ... Georges (as Bugette)
Yves Gabrielli Yves Gabrielli ... Léon (as Yves Gabrieli)
Pierre Oudrey Pierre Oudrey ... Frederic
Jean Pignol Jean Pignol ... Delegate
Anne Wiazemsky ... Leftist woman
Marcel Gassouk Marcel Gassouk
Didier Gaudron Didier Gaudron ... Germain
Michel Marot Michel Marot
Hugette Mieville Hugette Mieville ... Georgette
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Storyline

Jean-Luc Godard dissects the structure of society, movies, love and revolution. He asks compelling questions: Can love survive a relationship? Can ideology survive revolution? He also looks at the French student riots of the 1960s with a critical eye, and ends up satirizing contemporary views of history. A battery of thoughts complete with criticism of modern society and movies. Written by Mikael Halila <mikael.halila@pp.inet.fi>

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France | Italy

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French | English

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16 February 1973 (USA) See more »

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All's Well See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Title translation: Everything Is Fine. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: There'd be farmers who farm. Workers who work. And bourgeois who bourgeois.
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References The Ladies Man (1961) See more »

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Music by Eric Charden
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Newly released on (Region 1) DVD by Criterion
7 March 2005 | by zetesSee all my reviews

Although I'm quite familiar with most of Jean-Luc Godard's career, there is that 1970s period where he completely abandoned commercialism in all its forms and made experimental political films with Jean-Pierre Gorin and others. Tout Va Bien is not an impossible work, but it is challenging and, even if you win that challenge, the rewards are fairly limited. But it's interesting work, and Godard's fractured cinematic imagination is definitely brilliant at times. The grocery store sequence near the end of the film is as cinematic ally accomplished and impressive as the tracking shot of the apocalyptic highway in Week-End. And I love the meta-cinematic material at the beginning, where the filmmakers discuss how they can make a political film about May '68 and how the movement has evolved in the following four years. Step on: hire some stars. With stars come money. Thus Yves Montand and Jane Fonda are recruited for that purpose. The longest segment of the film has the two stars trapped with the manager of a slaughterhouse as his workers bar him from leaving his office. Godard and Gorin have a set designed after that large-windowed apartment building in Tati's Playtime. Perhaps it is even the same exact set, remodeled a bit for the way they want to use it here? The new Criterion DVD includes a follow-up film, A Letter to Jane, which discusses the famous photograph of Fonda meeting with the Viet-Cong. It is nearly unwatchable, though, and I gave up after 15 or 20 minutes (it's 52 minutes of Godard and Gorin speechifying – which is also prevalent (and hard to take) in Tout Va Bien, as well).


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