The Image Book (Le livre d'image) (2018)


Critic Consensus: Potentially insurmountable for viewers not attuned to the director's wavelength, The Image Book is typically confounding - and ultimately rewarding - late-period Godard.


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Do you still remember how, long ago, we trained our thoughts? Most often we'd start from a dream.... We wondered how, in total darkness, colours of such intensity could emerge within us. In a soft, low voice Saying great things, Surprising, deep and accurate matters. Image and words Like a bad dream written on a stormy night. Under western eyes. The lost paradises. War is here.


Critic Reviews for The Image Book (Le livre d'image)

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (6)

For all my initial bafflement, The Image Book continued to haunt me. Maybe that's all Godard wanted.

May 24, 2018 | Full Review…

Disjointed and direct, exhilarating and soporific, cerebral and squirrelly: The Image Book is lots of contradictory things at once.

May 14, 2018 | Full Review…

What's the rubric, one has to wonder, for evaluating a movie like this? Perhaps it's better to submit to its form than agonize over its content.

May 12, 2018 | Full Review…
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As you watch "The Image Book," it conjures a totemic darkness that can't be shaken off.

May 11, 2018 | Full Review…

As with his previous idiosyncratic, often inscrutable late works, this will be seen only by a highly select audience of dedicated Godardians, and genuinely liked by just a fraction of those; one can essentially name them.

May 11, 2018 | Full Review…

In the process of pulling movies apart, The Image Book forms a closing chapter in a work that Godard began with Breathless in 1960.

May 11, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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