Historie(s) of Cinema: 4A + 4B (Histoire(s) du cinéma: 4A + 4B)

  • Dir: Jean-Luc Godard

  • France, 1998, French, 65 min, DCP

The Control of the umiverse + The Signs Among Us (Le contrôle de l’univers + Les signes parmi nous)

Contemplating the power cinema holds over captive spectators, Godard famously declares: “Hitchcock succeeded where Alexander, Julius Caesar, and Napoleon failed: in taking control of the universe.” Paradoxically, a moment of profound doubt from one of the medium’s truest believers. The final episode – on cinema’s “saturation of magnificent signs” – opens with a consideration of love and ends with a poetic envoi inspired by Borges likening films to dreams. The title comes from a Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz’s novel Godard has long wanted to adapt that suggests to him the nature of cinema.

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

27/12 (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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