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Everything returns to normal after Chernobyl. That is, everything but art. Most of the great works are lost, and it is up to people like William Shakespear Junior the Fifth to restore the ... See full summary »

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Jean-Luc Godard

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William Shakespeare (play)
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Woody Allen ... Mr. Alien (uncredited)
Freddy Buache ... Professor Quentin (uncredited)
Leos Carax ... Edgar (uncredited)
Julie Delpy ... Virginia (uncredited)
Jean-Luc Godard ... Professor Pluggy (uncredited)
Suzanne Lanza Suzanne Lanza ... (uncredited)
Kate Mailer Kate Mailer ... Herself (uncredited)
Norman Mailer ... Himself (uncredited)
Burgess Meredith ... Don Learo (uncredited)
Michèle Pétin Michèle Pétin ... Journalist (uncredited)
Molly Ringwald ... Cordelia (uncredited)
Peter Sellars ... William Shaksper Junior the Fifth (uncredited)
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Everything returns to normal after Chernobyl. That is, everything but art. Most of the great works are lost, and it is up to people like William Shakespear Junior the Fifth to restore the lost artwork of the human race. He finds strange goings-on at a resort enough to remind him of all the lines of the play, dealing with mob boss Don Learo and his daughter Cordelia, a strange professor named Jean Luc-Godard (sic), who repeatedly xeroxes his hand for no particular reason. He is followed by four humanoid goblins that keep tormenting Cordelia. There is also the gentleman whose girlfriend, Valerie, isn't always visible. Then the film is sent off to New York for Mr. Alien to edit. Written by Scott Hutchins <scottandrewh@home.com>

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10 August 1998 (Japan) See more »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Why so disliked?
16 September 2008 | by Gloede_The_SaintSee all my reviews

I simply can't understand this. Whenever a film is extremely original this happens, oddly enough this do not seem to be the case with the oddities of the 30's and 40's, so I do smell a little discrimination.

After watching this film, with mixed expectations I might add I found that it's one of the greatest films I have ever seen. A masterpiece. Now I will not go around hitting other people with my taste but I believe there's a few things that should be said so you know what you're getting yourself into:

1. It's one of the weirdest films of all time - It's not just surreal but a tiny bit minimalistic too. - People speak like they were in Inland Empire.

2. It focuses a lot on technical skills and picture making.

3. As most of Godards films he's trying new things out. And it could be viewed as a project of some kind.

4. One of the characters, the one played by Godard actually, mumbles a lot, also in his narrations, this seem to be more of a comic relief after a while but at the opening it can be found as annoying and it seems to be the most criticized part of the film.

If you don't object to any of these things and have liked/loved other Godards of the 80's, 90's, you will like/love this. I most definitely love it and I hope you do too.


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