2 x 50 Years of French Cinema (Deux fois 50 ans de cinéma français)

  • Dir: Jean-Luc Godard

  • Swizerland/UK/France, 1995, French, 51 min, DCP

Ever the contrarian, Godard responded to the British Film Institute’s invitation to make a documentary about the centenary of French cinema by performing a Socratic dialogue with Michel Piccoli, cast here as the president of France’s official centenary celebrations. Challenging the festivities as penance for our society’s neglect of film history, Godard stresses the medium’s connection to the past, subject to personal and collective amnesia. The film highlights the spirit of film criticism as the essence of French film culture, from iconic figures André Bazin to archivist Henri Langlois. A perfect prelude to Historie(s) of Cinema.

29/11 (FRI): Lecture with Film Critic Geoffrey Wong. Approximately 1 hour, conducted in Cantonese. Audience who attends the course is eligible for a complimentary copy of Godard, Film, History (Chinese version only)

Package Discount : 25% discount to each purchase of 2 or above standard tickets to the film course. 30% discount to each purchase of standard tickets to ALL six film course sessions.



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