Anti-Hollywood – The French Nouvelle Vague

Posted: February 14, 2018 in Uncategorized

“One of the most extraordinary, beautiful,
and original works of art that I know of.”
– Susan Sontag

Jean-Luc Godard’s Vivre Sa Vie

  1. Carl Colby says:

    Frankly, I’m not so sure this film was produced with any goal in mind of being anti-hollywood (it is). It does seem very very French… this trailer actually reminds me of a different one I saw recently for a modern French film showing at the Broadway.

    • I wouldn’t say it was a frontal attack on Hollywood. More, it was an overt attempt to eschew the big budgets and ponderous scripting of studio films. If there is any direct reference to Hollywood films, it would be Godard’s theft (in a film about crime) of key themes, character types, and tropes from American cinema. If big movies tend to be commentaries on war, Godard’s deliberate picks a far humbler theme: petty crime. So, if you really don’t want to see this film as anti-Hollywood, perhaps at least consider seeing it as anti-heroic.

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