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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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A rumination on art, politics, history, and mankind's eternal folly disguised as a cinematic collage. It's plotless but it has shape; random but with purpose.
"The Image Book" is an 85-minute cinematic brainstorm, a swirling, dazzling, maddening frenzy of disconnected sights and sounds that have been compiled and arranged according to a rhythmic and rhetorical logic that only its maker can fully divine.
"The Image Book" lives and breathes cinema; the cutting and sound games (up and down and all around) remain arresting and instinctive and inspired.
Concerned neither with telling stories nor even making rational sense, Godard aims straight for lyrical beauty, and he almost always hits his target.
The film has the intimacy of a personal postcard sharing memories of deceased friends, favourite films and political touchstones.
Another free-associative cinematic meditation on language, the image, and extinction, by a master of the form.
It's a building wave of emotion and social commentary that Godard has very carefully assembled. The patient will be consumed.
...feels made for an audience of one; a fact that Godard and his dedicated legion of fans will surely see as of little to no concern...
Is The Image Book really a film? Godard himself has re-engineered it as an art installation, to be shown on a TV.
Hugely startling, challenging, and mesmerizing, perhaps even a masterpiece.
An 84-minute collage with the sensory impact of an audio-visual apocalypse, it leaves your mind mushy and your synapses sizzling.
Further complicating things in this challenging 84 minutes are his seemingly random format changes and manipulation of iconic images... as if he just got new software and just had to push it to the max.
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