At age 80, French-Swiss director Jean-Luc Godard still commands attention from the worldwide league of cineastes, to become, perhaps, even a household name with his “Lifetime Achievement” Oscar in 2010. His latest foray, Film Socialisme, is a sometimes screaming collage of daring, dense and demanding references to the tragedies of late 20th century politics, economics and film history. Structured as a “symphony in three parts,” he looks for meaning as a concerned European behind longtime existential angst for our rootless times. Å disco-gambling cruise ship on the Mediterranean sets the overall stage, then moving to a family gas station with a pet llama, the film becomes a dizzying montage (revisiting the famous Odessa Steps sequence of Eisenstein), along with some Hollywood-bashing. Using a variety of digital imagery including pristine HD footage and pixilated cell phone recordings, multi-layered soundtracks, and trademark use of fragmented subtitles, he returns again to the cruise ship.
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