Le livre d'image

Jean-Luc Godard

IFFR 2019

Signatures

  • 85'
  • France
  • 2018

In the titles to his essay film Le livre d’image, Godard quotes Bertold Brecht: "Only a fragment carries the mark of authenticity." This is the key to his own film, which is composed of fragments from other films, YouTube clips and artworks. Godard manipulates these images, puts fragments of music under them and adds a whispered voice-over spoken by himself.

Le livre d'image is divided into five chapters, within which eight motifs can be discerned: hands, the train, nationalism, violence, chaos, the law, imperialism and revolution. In addition, a recurring Godard theme appears: the difference between word and image, and between reality and the representation of reality. As far as the latter is concerned, in the second half of his stimulating essay, Godard examines the Western view of the Middle East, which – it transpires – is represented mainly as an exotic place. Godard deconstructs this view and opposes it with another: film clips from the East. In so doing, he gives Arabs a voice.

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Director
Jean-Luc Godard
Countries of production
France, Switzerland
Production Year
2018
Festival Edition
IFFR 2019
Length
85'
Medium
DCP
International title
The Image Book
Languages
French, English, Arabic, Italian
Producers
Fabrice Aragno, Mitra Farahani
Production Companies
Casa Azul Films, Ecran Noir Productions
Sales
Wild Bunch
Screenplay
Jean-Luc Godard
Cinematography
Fabrice Aragno
Editor
Jean-Luc Godard, Fabrice Aragno, Jean-Paul Battaggia
Production Design
Jean-Paul Battaggia
Sound Design
Jean-Luc Godard
Cast
voice of Jean-Luc Godard, Dimitri Basil