Seminal Image #277


Bande a Part
(Jean-Luc Godard; 1964)

4 comments:

Richard Gibson said...

Excellent stuff Stephen. I like this one a lot.

I've just posted a series of JLG pictures on my blog too, although from 'Une femme est une femme'. Almost every image would make a great still.

What did you think of the homage in Bertolucci's 'The Dreamers' to the scene in which the charcaters in 'Bande a part' run through the Louvre?

swac said...

I've heard about The Dreamers' scene, but I haven't actually seen the film yet. One of these days...especially now that I've finally seen La Chinoise.

Richard Gibson said...

I think the jury critically speaking is out on 'The Dreamers' - I didn't mind it. Having actually been to Cinematheque and seen some footage of May 68 it was interesting to see a drama based around those events.

'La Chinoise' has just come out on DVD here in UK, it was never available on VHS. I saw it several years ago at the Institute Francais, didn't like it anywhere near as much as the other 60's ones although I haven't seen 'Made in USA'.

Tom Sutpen said...

Richard wrote:

I think the jury critically speaking is out on 'The Dreamers' - I didn't mind it. Having actually been to Cinematheque and seen some footage of May 68 it was interesting to see a drama based around those events.

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But it really wasn't based on those events, they merely served as a backdrop; and a well-calculated one at that. Personally I despised The Dreamers. I said it at the time, I've said it since, I'll say it now: That film was designed specifically to appeal to cinephiles who couldn't get laid in a whorehouse (and, believe me, I know the type), and Bertolucci's 'eroticism' has never seemed more tired (more tired and kneejerk than La Luna . . . and I didn't think that was possible).

'La Chinoise' has just come out on DVD here in UK, it was never available on VHS. I saw it several years ago at the Institute Francais, didn't like it anywhere near as much as the other 60's ones although I haven't seen 'Made in USA'.

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Consider it impending, then.