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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

Writer:

William Shakespeare (play)
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Uncredited cast:
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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Fear and Loathing. A Study. An Approach. A Clearing. No Thing See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Sci-Fi

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USA

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French | English | Russian | Japanese

Release Date:

10 August 1998 (Japan) See more »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Stereo (2.0)

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Jean-Luc Godard's deliberate artistic use of stereo sound effects is an often-overlooked important part of this film. Some VHS or DVD releases do not have proper sound reproduction. See more »

Quotes

The Great Writer: For words are one thing, and reality, sweet reality, is another thing, and between them is no thing.
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Version of King Lear: Episode #1.2 (1974) See more »

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A pretentionfest well worth the viewing
29 February 2000 | by sgtslutSee all my reviews

The first time I saw this, I really disliked it. Even compared to Godard's other ramblings of the 70's, it was still a little too disparate. But the second time gelled this movie for me and now I truly love this film. It's a wonderful brainstorm about the nature of film and the inherent capacity of art to reform itself. In other words, everything that's being said or will be said has already been said; sounds bleak at first, but it's actually comforting, because then art becomes truly universal and languageless.


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