Post-La Chinoise (and May ’68), Godard reteams with Léaud and Berto for this even more radical experiment, positioning his performers in the limbo of a black soundstage, lit by a single floodlight, as they interrogate the very meaning of language. Through the darkness and didacticism, this is paradoxically one of Godard’s most vibrant and direct expressions—a film of great purity, freedom, and feeling, an underseen work crucial in understanding his development as an artist.
In French with English subtitles.
World premiere of new 2K restoration. A Kino Lorber release.