La Chinoise (Jean-Luc Godard, 1967)
La Chinoise is now regarded as an uncannily prescient and insightful examination of the New Left activism during those years (ie the 1960s), says an excellent Wikipedia review, which I recommend to read first as I will not repeat all facts. I will concentrate on one question: Is the film still relevant today? The answer is yes, because Godard's is an excellent film, stylistically, topically, cinematographically and acting-wise. A political key scene is Véronique (Anne Wiazemsky), the female lead of the student group (the male is Jean-Paul Léaud), in a long train discussion with the political philosopher Francis Jeanson, a former communist and in real life her professor at Nanterre. Jeanson advises study of the China model and the violence experiences, but strongly advises against closing the universities and using violence. He also states that the French left, at this stage, would not be willing to go onto the streets to overthrow the political system. May 1968 in a way proves both right: Véronique about a joint student/worker upheaval and closed universities, Jeanson about the French Left, in the long run, not being willing to uproot the political system.
18 Sep 2011