The filmography of Jean-Luc Godard is filled with incendiary, extravagantly successful work. Even if his films weren’t fashionable, they’d be vital. But of course, one of a fun things about Godard is a fact that his work is filled with capital-L Looks. Just consider of Jean Seberg’s striped shirt (the summary of lighthearted Francophile character before it became a cliché) or New York Herald Tribune sweater in Breathless (1960), or Anna Karina’s boundless fur collar and primary-colored stockings in A Woman Is a Woman (1961). These looks have turn long-lived anxiety points for film snobs and conform magazines alike, and with good reason. One of Godard’s many select achievements (among other things, of course), Two or Three Things we Know About Her (1967) played during New York’s Metrograph museum in a sure-to-be-beautiful 35mm imitation progressing this month, and a auteur’s new film, The Image Book, premieres during a New York Film Festival tonight.
Two or Three Things we Know About Her is a incursion into investigation that uses a philosophical whispered voiceover from a executive and varied imagery to follow Juliette (Marina Vlady), a bourgeois housewife who dabbles in prostitution. The film critiques capitalism and a Vietnam War and facilities characters directly addressing a camera. All of this seriousness, though, is presented in some of a many potent, cocktail art-ready colors of a ’60s. Costumes exist in peace with décor and products. An early stage of Juliette soaking dishes facilities a delegate in a unusual pattern, a red-and-purple Buster Keaton poster, and an array of appealingly organised packages. What could be paltry becomes scenic.