The Rise and Fall of a Small Film Company

  • 1986
  • France
  • 1h 30min
  • Directed by: Jean-Luc Godard
  • Cast: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Jean-Pierre Mocky, Marie Valeria
  • Language: French

A small film company led by exasperated director Gaspard Bazin (Léaud) tries to make a version of a James Hadley Chase potboiler.

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Made in 1986 and never released theatrically, The Rise and Fall of a Small Cinema Company is a typically playful, witty Jean-Luc Godard provocation. As a small production company struggles to mount a screen version of a James Hadley Chase potboiler, Godard mischievously deconstructs the filmmaking process. An absurdist, Brechtian satire becomes a lament for all the lost dreams of directors once beguiled by the magic of the movies. A comic, melancholy jolt of vintage Godard, with a spectacularly overwrought Jean-Pierre Léaud starring as exasperated director Gaspard Bazin.

Also screening at Glasgow Film Theatre, Thu 22 Feb, 1.30pm

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