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Death of Jean-Luc Godard: when the director swore only by Mao


Jean-Luc Godard films student demonstrations in Paris on May 7, 1968. Bridgeman Images

Superstar Godard mobilizes against the American imperialists and the Soviet revisionists. At the center of debates and controversies, he plunges into the bath of May 68.

“The dumbest of the Swiss pro-Chinese. » The formula, penned by René Vienet, a member of the Situationist International, has remained. Lapidary, it illustrates Godard’s shift to the left in the mid-1960s. First close to the Communists, the director of Pierrot le fou becomes infatuated with the Little Red Book and the Great Helmsman.
The proof in pictures with The Chinese. Filmed in 1967, it depicts five young people striving to apply the principles of Mao Tse-tung in a bourgeois apartment repainted in red and covered with slogans (“we must confront vague ideas with clear images”). Superstar Godard mobilizes against the American imperialists and the Soviet revisionists. He is everywhere in the media and conversations. It is at the center of debates and controversies. He dives into the bath of May 68. Diverts speeches by General de Gaulle or illustrates Mao’s slogans in film-tracts designed in Marin Karmitz’s studio. He…

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