Historie(s) of Cinema: 3A + 3B (Histoire(s) du cinéma: 3A + 3B)

  • Dir: Jean-Luc Godard

  • France, 1998, French, 54 min, DCP

The Currency of the Absolute + A New Wave (La monnaie de l’absolu + Une vague nouvelle)

Godard took the title of Episode 3A from André Malraux, The Currency of the Absolute , to address the then-current war in the former Yugoslavia and Europe’s failure to intervene. The effects of wars (particularly WWII) on national cinemas are considered, with Italian neorealism cited as a specific example. A New Wave situates the French New Wave and Godard’s own role therein within the context of film history. Godard fuses Malraux’s idea of an imaginary museum with Henri Langlois’ Museum of Cinema to clarify his own project of the Historie(s).

Honorary César, César Awards, France (for Historie(s) of Cinema)

20/12 (FRI): Lecture with Film Critic Long Tin. 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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