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Jean-Luc Godard Goes 3D: Watch Trailers For ‘Adieu Au Langage’ & Omnibus '3X3D'

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by Kevin Jagernauth
July 5, 2013 12:28 PM
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Far from his days as the hip director at the forefront of the French New Wave, for the better part of a few decades, Jean-Luc Godard has pretty much gone his own way. Hell, dude even gave the Academy the middle finger, essentially, turning down the Academy after they tried to give him an honorary Oscar a few years ago. But his adventurous spirit is still in full force, and the 82-year-old filmmaker has now embraced 3D, but of course, the results are not your average CGI explosion fest.

Rather, his first feature using the format is "Adieu Au Language" ("Goodbye To Language") a movie that the director has previously described as being, "about a man and his wife who no longer speak the same language. The dog they take on walks then intervenes and speaks." Heloise Godet, Zoe Bruneau, Kamel Abdelli, Richard Chevalier and Jessica Erickson star in the feature, and this 3-minute trailer is very...Godard-ian, highlighting his penchant for not sticking to any comfortable notions of structure and embracing crappy digital. Yes, this is NSFW due to some full frontal female nudity, but how this has managed to stay on YouTube while the latest Justin Timberlake video got yanked is a question we don't have an answer for. Maybe Godard transcends all rules.

However, "Goodbye To Language" isn't technically his first 3D effort, as this spring at Cannes the omnibus "3X3D" quietly closed the Cannes’ Critics’ Week. Featuring segments by Godard ("The Three Disasters"), Peter Greenaway ("Just In Time") and Edgar Pera (“Cinesapiens”), the films are set in the Portuguese city of Guimaraes and are about the use and impact of 3D itself, so yeah, totally meta.

Anyway, check out both below. No release dates yet -- Fox has the U.S. rights for "Goodbye To Language" but no word yet on stateside distributor for "3X3D."

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4 Comments

  • tyrannosaurus max | July 6, 2013 8:24 AMReply

    3x3D looks so badass....

  • fry | July 5, 2013 8:53 PMReply

    That trailer looks like the average film student assignment done by every single undergraduate on the face of the earth. I respect Godard for his enormous contribution to the medium but the man clearly has a love/hate relationship with cinema. He loves movies and has been an adept historian and critic as one can tell watching Histoire(s), but when I'm watching his recent films I'm always under the impression that they're being made by a man who truly hates making movies, or maybe hates the audience, I don't know which one, but that's what I see.

  • Ted | July 5, 2013 3:47 PMReply

    I know it's popular to say Godard has gone off the deep end post-Weekend. But I don't think this has been true for over 20 years now. Go watch King Lear, Nouvelle Vague, For Ever Mozart, Eloge de l'amour, Film Socialisme. All of these films look and feel like 60s Godard, though evolved obviously, especially Eloge de l'amour, which I think is just as much of a masterpiece as his other Bretchian pieces like Pierrot le fou or Weekend, and is very clearly Godardian. It's clear he went a bit bonkers during the 70s and early 80s, but post-King Lear he's very much returned to the 60s Godard we once knew. The difference is, he's just dispensed the pop art aesthetic and has just left the "core" of what his films were always about to begin with.

    I'll admit though, I'm a bit worried about Adieu au language. It feels like it's just designed to give the middle finger to Hollywood. Sure, he ribbed Hollywood (and America) in Eloge de l'amour, but I'm not sure an entire film premised on that idea would be successful.

  • Christopher Bell | July 5, 2013 6:26 PM

    I sort of disagree, if only because I'm not terribly familiar with his latter output. I have only seen Film Socialisme & Eloge de l'amour but they strike me as much more experimental works than his earlier, more beloved films. Very film essay-ish. That's not bad, but they're much less playful and I think the difference is clear.

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