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The Image Book

Le livre d'image

2018, Jean-Luc Godard, Switzerland/France, 84 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Feb 1st 4:15pm
  • Fri, Feb 1st 8:15pm
  • Sat, Feb 2nd 5:30pm
  • Sun, Feb 3rd 3:00pm
  • Mon, Feb 4th 6:00pm
  • Mon, Feb 4th 8:00pm
  • Tue, Feb 5th 8:15pm
  • Wed, Feb 6th 6:00pm
  • Thu, Feb 7th 8:15pm
  • Fri, Feb 8th 4:00pm
  • Fri, Feb 8th 8:00pm
  • Sat, Feb 9th 5:45pm
  • Sun, Feb 10th 3:30pm
  • Mon, Feb 11th 6:00pm
  • Tue, Feb 12th 6:00pm
  • Wed, Feb 13th 8:30pm
  • Thu, Feb 14th 8:15pm
  • Fri, Feb 15th 3:45pm
  • Fri, Feb 15th 8:00pm
  • Sat, Feb 16th 3:00pm
  • Sat, Feb 16th 6:30pm
  • Sun, Feb 17th 2:00pm
  • Mon, Feb 18th 6:00pm
  • Tue, Feb 19th 8:15pm
  • Wed, Feb 20th 6:00pm
  • Wed, Feb 20th 7:45pm
  • Thu, Feb 21st 8:15pm
Chicago premiere!

"Age is depriving Jean-Luc Godard of none of his edge; he returns with a work of polarizing brilliance."—Dave Calhoun, Time Out London

“Accessible and vibrant…conjures a totemic darkness that can’t be shaken off.”--Owen Gleiberman, Variety

"Unmistakably--defiantly--present, alive and engaged...I found it haunting, thrilling and confounding in equal measure. It is a work of ecstatic despair."--A.O. Scott, The New York Times

The legendary Jean-Luc Godard, 87 years old and still wielding the power to challenge and confound, follows his hit GOODBYE TO LANGUAGE with a wondrously fractured, hard-driving movie essay filled with seductive imagery and cryptic text that careens through the director’s theories on world history, Egypt, colonialism, Religions of the Book, and cinema itself. Just as he reinvented 3-D in GOODBYE TO LANGUAGE, this cinema magician re-imagines surround sound to create astonishing audio art with a soundtrack composed in intricate aural overlays, playful whack-a-mole shuffling of the stereo and surround channels, and his own narration in a spooky up-from-the-sepulcher voice. THE IMAGE BOOK invites a search for myriad hidden meanings but can also be enjoyed simply as a barrage of sound and image meant to wash over the senses. In French, English, Arabic, Italian, and German with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)

Chicago filmmaker, critic, and instructor Michael Smith, whose film Rendezvous in Chicago just screened at the Film Center, sat down with us to expound on what makes Jean-Luc Godard’s The Image Book a must-see! Watch here!

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