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The Rise And Fall Of A Small Film Company

Grandeur et décadence d'un petit commerce de cinéma

1986, Jean-Luc Godard, France, 92 min. With Jean-Pierre Léaud, Jean-Pierre Mocky.

Show Times

  • Fri, Sep 28th 4:00pm
  • Fri, Sep 28th 8:15pm
  • Sat, Sep 29th 5:15pm
  • Sun, Sep 30th 3:00pm
  • Mon, Oct 1st 6:00pm
  • Tue, Oct 2nd 8:00pm
  • Wed, Oct 3rd 6:00pm
  • Thu, Oct 4th 8:15pm
Chicago premiere!

"Diverting and substantial…Léaud's performance is a marvel, both manic and meticulously controlled." - Glenn Kenny, The New York Times

"Godard managed to convert a conventional Série noire story into an extraordinarily personal, painful, and revealing work - into a film noir, of sorts, about the making of a film." - Richard Brody, "Everything Is Cinema: The Working Life of Jean-Luc Godard"

Finally receiving its U.S. theatrical premiere some thirty-two years after it was made, this newly restored "lost" Godard film has been hailed as a major rediscovery. The irascible auteur was commissioned by a French TV anthology series to deliver a straightforward adaptation of a crime novel by James Hadley Chase. The resulting film barely mentions the Chase novel, which is used as a pretext for one of Godard's most autobiographical and self-reflexive works, reshuffling some of the ingredients of CONTEMPT and working a uniquely Godardian spin on the 8½ concept of making a film about the director's struggle to make the film. Jean-Pierre Léaud, in a flamboyantly overwrought performance, plays Gaspard Bazin, an emotionally unstable film director reduced to working in TV. Meanwhile, the producer (Mocky) is struggling to keep his small company afloat, and his wife is angling for a part in the upcoming film. Richly embroidered with pop-music selections (Janis Joplin, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen) and film-history allusions (Dita Parlo, James Dean, Jean Vigo), this caustic and playful film pits artistic aspirations against the mundane realities of a film production, such as accounting audits and cattle-call casting auditions. In French with English subtitles. New 2K DCP digital restoration. (MR)

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Jean-Luc Godard's latest film, THE IMAGE BOOK, will receive its Chicago premiere run at the Gene Siskel Film Center February 1 - 21, 2019!