Film Socialisme

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  • Summary: Legendary director Jean-Luc Godard returns to the screen with Film Socialisme, a magisterial essay on the decline of European Civilization. As a garish cruise ship travels the Mediterranean (with Patti Smith among its guests), Godard embarks on a state of the EU address in a vibrant collageLegendary director Jean-Luc Godard returns to the screen with Film Socialisme, a magisterial essay on the decline of European Civilization. As a garish cruise ship travels the Mediterranean (with Patti Smith among its guests), Godard embarks on a state of the EU address in a vibrant collage of philosophical quotes, historical revelations and pure cinematographic beauty. (Lorber Films) Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Ben Sachs
    Jun 9, 2011
    100
    For all its references to defeat, however, the movie still conveys a sense of rapture with the process of image-making, if not necessarily filmmaking.
  2. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Jun 2, 2011
    91
    Film Socialism is a weighty, intentionally cryptic product that's easy on the eyes and heavy on the mind.
  3. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    Jan 20, 2012
    80
    With its rich, layered storytelling, Film Socialisme is, in its broadest sense, about nothing less than the history, present and future of Western civilization, up to and including Internet videos of cats.
  4. Reviewed by: J. Hoberman
    Jun 1, 2011
    70
    Film Socialisme deflects interpretation but, so long as one subscribes to the William Carlos Williams injunction "No ideas but in things," it's filled with sensuous pleasures.
  5. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Jun 2, 2011
    60
    In typical Godardian fashion the film manages to be both strident and elusive, argumentative and opaque.
  6. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    May 31, 2011
    60
    As to the movie's three sections, the best comes first, as an eclectic "cast" of characters (among them philosopher Alain Badiou and musician Patti Smith) pontificate their way around a lavish Mediterranean cruise ship.
  7. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Jun 9, 2011
    25
    This film is an affront. It is incoherent, maddening, deliberately opaque and heedless of the ways in which people watch movies.

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  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jan 26, 2012
    7
    it's just like Godard to make a film like this as his swansong. it's difficult to follow, and can be frustrating at times (the screenit's just like Godard to make a film like this as his swansong. it's difficult to follow, and can be frustrating at times (the screen blips/freezes/skips drove me up a wall). the "Navajo English" subtitles didn't bother me, and i actually enjoyed them. it kind of felt like talking to a foreigner, while only having a basic knowledge of their language. either way there's an option on the blu-ray for full English subtitles. i enjoyed it overall, and plan on watching it again. Expand

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