Saturday, August 9, 2014
VIVRE SA VIE (1962)
Directed by: Jean Luc Godard
Written By: Jean Luc Godard & Marcel Sacotte
Based on the book “Ou en est la prostitution” by: Marcel Sacotte
Cinematography By: Raoul Coutard
Editor: Jean luc Godard & Agnes Guillemot
Cast: Anna Karina, Sady Rebott, Andre S. Labarthe
This film explores a Parisian woman's descent into prostitution. The movie is comprised of a series of 12 "tableaux"-- scenes which are basically unconnected episodes, each presented with a worded introduction. --I like the idea of the film telling the story like a book with 12 chapters. With each vignette has that feeling that everytime you watch one of jean Luc Godard films it's like a philosophy lesson. Him expressing his thoughts and theories trough his art cinema a visually it appeals to the Intellectuals because each of his films feels smart and if you understand them you are in the same wavelength and as deep to a degree.
For through his career Godard has showed truth what cinema I capable of and what it can be. These days his films seem to try to either dismantle exactly what cinema is or tries to take cinema in a new direction and find we definitions ad meanings through which we watch cinema and it's languages. It has always seemed to him that film was more experiments. All of his projects seem to carry a theory and him making or trying different formulas though never exactly satisfied with the success of it. Must keep busy with other ones.
Audiences and fans also applaud his experimental nature of films and filming as many of his films are full I ideas and originality of something we have never seen before or no one else was brave enough to attempt. He helped bring French new wave style and it's editing to the forefront.
I believe so far that the film I have enjoyed the most form him has been ALPHAVILLE. Not only as it seem to be the most straight forward and accessible as it isn't so much an original story from him but and adaptation. That he still manages to make it in his style while being an homage. So it's his film taking inspiration from American noir films and detective stories and tweaking it to his interests. While making a detective story as a well as a sci-fi film all his own and creating a universe. He is a person other directors look up to. Making films his own way breaking down film theory and finding his own muse to star in his films and in roles he wrote specifically for her. Who would eventually become his wife and still managed to keep their personal life private. As the films seem to be an expression of his feelings. Good and bad.
His influence is universal and will always be noted in film history as one of the masters. I can't say he is one of my favorites, but each time We see a piece of his cinema i can't deny that it is something Interesting to behold. I can admit to admiring him and his films more than actually enjoying them, but I always give him the proper respect. Though I am slowly catching up on his library of films.
The camera is plain but focuses adoringly on Anna Karina throughout. Her face, body movements and actions taking it all in with an Unjaundiced eye. Though his admiration and focus making us fall in love with her.
While he places the camera though unusual. It always seems to be in place for the scenes To get coverage and reactions that feel fluid and composer. No matter if hand held and jittery or smooth and stylish.
The film seems to say your body is your own bit once you want to leave someone in control of it. It is no longer your own, bit property to be used and traded as the person you let have power over it deals also there it's free will. It's Amazing what one sees as one of a kind and special others can look at as one of many. Not noteworthy practically anonymous and normal
In a way this could be looked at as an allegory for relationships and the danger of letting yourself go and he ruled or owned by others and not staying true and I. Control of yourself. You can easily stop being an individual or seen as a person and easily just end up becoming property.
The ending is Overwhelmingly sad and A bit ridiculous but Godard makes his points lovely as she is here and we have learned about her as a person. So she means something to us. To others in the film she only represents profit. Pretty much a useless object. So in the shootout as over the top as she is after she is shot. Once return fire is used as not even looking to where to shoot out of a frenzy of adrenaline. Then she is shot again because of this. By so called friendly fire and the person who does it doesn't even feel guilt leaving her for dead. Even the others give jade and forget about her even though. The deal In Which she was a hot commodity is the reason for the dispute demeans to vanish over money hog is more important than the property she has become.
This feels like a movie about the turning point in a young ladies life. Which is still open. Unfortunately outbid desperation she seems to keep making the wrong choices.
Shows a great confidence In his control of shots and the material. He knows the power of images. The film is very minimal. Opening with what looks like mugshots or looking at the merchandise or a woman position for an artist. Trying to hint at his statement early on. Maybe it was for him as she was his wife.
The film is a slice of life like an episode of the show THAT GIRL in what the show sought out to be like. With a modern woman making her way through the world with career and her love life. Trying not necessarily to be defined and find out who she is. Though while philosophy I spouted and ideas used this film doesn't seem to have necessarily a clear definite message.
Though it feels very rich In Atmosphere without showing too much as far as background and locations.
Unlike his contemporary of the time Francois Truffaut. Who loved movies as seemed to want to live in films. Telling his own stories through the filter of a Hollywood production. Though personal focusing on relationships. He still managed to give his films a certain sheen. Yet also a realism, bit managed to make his films seen like they are contained in their own world. Their own tales unto themselves, but you know the authors work an always come back to his central character take the Antoine Doniel films where actor Jean-Pierre Leaud played the central character over 4 1/2 films. As we watched him mature through these various films hat let him express himself at different stages of his life and career. Maybe he needed a confession or wanted to comment on things so he wrote another Antoine Doniel film. Were as Godard always seemed I want to separate one film from the last or the next. So he was always constantly trying to destroy whatever image he had made once.
Definitely one of Godard’s film that you can’t miss