Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Godard's "King Lear" at Lincoln Center

Since I know next to nothing of this period of Godard's work, I can't really say anything about this. Hopefully Brody won't be linking the film to Godard's inner turmoil over his break up with Karina some 20 years prior.

Wanted to share it anyway, as there seems to be many Godard films playing as of late!


From the Website:

Introduced by Richard Brody, New Yorker film critic and author of the book Everything Is Cinema: The Working Life of Jean-Luc Godard.

“Godard’s 1987 adaptation of King Lear may well be his greatest film; it is, at least, the one that condenses the greatest number of his ideas, styles, and obsessions.”
—Richard Brody

A characteristically skewed take on its source material, Godard’s haunting meditation on personal and cultural dissolution follows William Shakespeare Jr. the Fifth (theater director Peter Sellars) as he searches out his ancestor’s work after a nuclear disaster. Godard systematically subverts Cannon’s expectations of a bankable prestige picture—the improbable cast includes Norman Mailer, Woody Allen, and Molly Ringwald—Godard produces something much more interesting: one of the most radical literary adaptations of all time, and one of the most underrated films of an unpredictable career. 

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