March 21, 2019 - 6:30 pm
The legendary Jean-Luc Godard adds to his influential, iconoclastic legacy with this provocative collage film essay—a vast ontological inquiry into the history of the moving image and a commentary on the contemporary interplay between the Western and Eastern worlds. Winner of the first Special Palme d’Or to be awarded in the history of the Cannes Film Festival, “The Image Book” is another extraordinary addition to the French master’s vast filmography.
Displaying an encyclopedic grasp of cinema and its history, Godard pieces together fragments and clips them from some of the greatest films of the past, then digitally alters, bleaches, and washes them, all in the service of reflecting on what he sees in front of him and what he makes of the dissonance that surrounds him.
“Another free-associative cinematic meditation on language, the image, and extinction, by a master of the form.” —Matt Zoller Seitz, RogerEbert.com