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Inclinations Film Club

Goodbye and hello! Godard & Straub

Fri 19 April 2024

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Patti Smith and Jean Luc Godard smiling at the camera, Godard is holding a film clapper with the word SOCIALISM on it.

Patti Smith and Godard on the set of Film Socialisme (still courtesy of Petit à Petit Production)

With this three-film programme we say goodbye and hello again to Jean-Marie Straub (1933-2022) and Jean-Luc Godard (1930-2022), two lifelong friends, comrades and collaborators who chose to spend their last days on the shores of Lake Geneva.

France Against the Robots (2020, 10 min)

Directed by Jean-Marie Straub
France: a country that owes the world a Revolution in line with that of 1789 and the Paris Commune; robots: industrial machines whose reign is at work in all political-economic regimes (Nazi, Fascist, capitalist, democratic, Communist). Filming his last monologue on the lake shore, Straub presents two takes: lunar and solar. The film is dedicated to Godard, who had recommended reading a treatise against the technologisation of the living.

L' Invisible (2015, 27 min)

Directed by Fabrice Aragno
A cinematic painting turning back on itself in an endless loop, made around Lake Geneva and painted by the films of Choux, Cocteau and Godard. – “It is an instinctive feeling that grows within me, but without me.” Filmmaker and long-term key collaborator of Godard, Fabrice Aragno presents a rich and elegant montage.

Film Catastrophe (2018, 55 min)

Directed by Paul Grivas
In 2012, the Costa Concordia cruise liner sank off the coast of Tuscany, killing 32 people. Two years before, in Jean-Luc Godard’s Film Socialisme (2010), the ship was a platform for a gathering of stories and a philosophical and political drift. In Film Catastrophe, director, actor, and Film Socialisme co-cinematographer Paul Grivas revisits the events by combining on-set footage of the Godard film and civilian-shot footage captured aboard the Concordia as it ran aground.

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Event Type

Film

Location

Cinema

Time

7:30pm — 10:30pm

Doors open: 7:15pm

Ages

All ages

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Tickets: £5 (standard) / £10 (generous) / £15 (supporter)

Booking fee: 10%

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