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The Image Book (2018)

Le livre d'image (original title)
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Nothing but silence. Nothing but a revolutionary song. A story in five chapters like the five fingers of a hand.

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Jean-Luc Godard

Writer:

Jean-Luc Godard
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jean-Luc Godard ... Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dimitri Basil Dimitri Basil
Anne-Marie Miéville Anne-Marie Miéville ... Narrator (voice)
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Storyline

Do you still remember how, long ago, we trained our thoughts? Most often we'd start from a dream. We wondered how, in total darkness, colours of such intensity could emerge within us. In a soft, low voice. Saying great things. Surprising, deep and accurate matters. Image and words. Like a bad dream written on a stormy night. Under western eyes. The lost paradises. War is here.

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A story in five chapters like the five fingers of a hand. See more »

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Country:

Switzerland | France

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French | English | Arabic | Italian | German

Release Date:

25 January 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Image Book See more »

Filming Locations:

Tunisia

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,854, 27 January 2019

Gross USA:

$94,153

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$130,802
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Dolby Surround 7.1

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The 45th feature film of French New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard. See more »

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Features Duck Soup (1933) See more »

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A Unique Experience.
22 February 2019 | by thomaseastmandSee all my reviews

My immediate reaction to this film was: a modern, edgy and less focused film comprable to Tarkovsky's "The Mirror."

I genuinely don't know what to rate this film. I'm pretty indifferent towards it. Throughout watching, I noticed my mind regularly wandering, and, unlike how I normally respond to that observation, I let it continue to happen. I feel like Godard would appreciate that because, at the end of the day, isn't that what film is? Visual and sonic stimulus that leads to inward thought? With allowing myself to drift came a meditative quality. The difference with this film is that inward thought inspired by the screen was incredibly immediate but far less direct. I say it's indirect because there doesn't seem to be any complete or clear idea throughout the film that I could have used to inwardly springboard off of.

Like the film, this review doesn't seem grounded in much concrete thought, and I think that's an appropriate response to have. That sounds like a negative statement but it truly isn't. The whole thing felt like an unabashed visual stream of consciousness into Godard's various woes with the world in which meaning can be more drawn from the form than the substance. It was a unique experience to say the least.


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