Le Gai Savoir

  • 1968
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

A fascinating film from the master of cinematic discourse, Jean-Luc Godard, in which he makes a profound attempt to dissolve narrative structure to its most basic elements: sound and image. Commissioned by the French government as a television adaptation of Jean Jacques Rousseau's "Emile," LE GAI SAVOIR instead turned out to be a study of language, or,...read more

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A fascinating film from the master of cinematic discourse, Jean-Luc Godard, in which he makes a profound attempt to dissolve narrative structure to its most basic elements: sound and image. Commissioned by the French government as a television adaptation of Jean Jacques Rousseau's "Emile,"

LE GAI SAVOIR instead turned out to be a study of language, or, more precisely, film language. It is completely absent of plot and leaves Berto and Leaud (two of the most prominent acting figures in the French New Wave) sitting in the black void of a sound stage, lit only by a single light. Not

surprisingly the French government was furious with Godard for his failure to deliver an "acceptable" movie and refused to televise it, allowing him to buy back the rights. What results is a wealth of philosophy relating to Godard's radical thoughts on filmmaking, delivered in the form of a

conversation between Leaud and Berto. Intercut with their thoughts are some compelling word association tests which further exemplify Godard's love of language. It's no CASABLANCA, but for those with adventurous tastes and an interest in questioning the status quo, LE GAI SAVOIR's language

deserves the same consideration as the literature of such contemporaries as Jean-Paul Sartre.

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