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2 or 3 Things I Know About Her
aka - 2 ou 3 Choses Que Je Sais D' Elle
France 1967
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard
Running time 83 minutes
Rated M
3 stars


Although there is a storyline of sorts in Godard's 13th feature, largely "a day in the life of" its central character, Juliette (Marina Vlady), for most 2 Or 3 Things is more akin to a visualization of a film-maker's notebook than a fully-developed narrative . Completed in 1966 and released in 1967 it sits on the cusp between Godard's best-known and more accessible works such as A Bout De Souffle and Vivre Sa Vie and his more explicitly political and "experimental" films of the 70s. A far-ranging work and, as Godard states at the outset, Paris itself, might also be considered as the "her" of the title and this respect it might be considered a companion piece to Jacques Tati's Playtime, released the same year. In the nature of a notebook there is much that stimulates one's imagination, Godard's striking visual compositions with their off-centre framing and use of spot-colour engaging as always, whilst his inter-titles are, once again characteristically, equally delightful. Thematically and stylistically it exemplifies many of Godard's pre-occupations - the depredations of consumer capitalism and the position of women within it for instance (the film was based on a magazine articles about housewives who prostituted themselves in order to maintain their consumer lifestyle), on the one hand, the deconstructive or Brechtian counterpointing of sound and image on the other. It will be, however, of interest to those familiar with and taken by Godard's prior work rather than anyone looking for a conventional cinematic experience. BH

DVD Extras: Madman continues with its excellent presentation of Godard's catalogue with an all-new restored print, original poster artwork and theatrical trailer; a 20 minute short film by Godard, Tous Les Garcons s'Appelent Patrick; an audio commentary by Monash University academic, Adrian Martin and an insert essay by RMIT academic, Adrian Danks. Although some sources give the running time of the film as 95 or 90 minutes, Madman assures me that according to the film's producer, Philiipe Senne, the correct running time of the original relase is 83 minutes.

Available from: Madman

 

 

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