The Image Book (Le livre d'image) Reviews

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October 30, 2019
...a work, both surprising and confounding, that indicates the lyrical and poetic potential of montage-based cinema.
September 18, 2019
Another infuriatingly incomprehensible Godard movie made up entirely out of archival images... Having said that, some of the imagery is powerful.
August 9, 2019
Jean-Luc Godard achieves his objective and redeems cinema's original function: The Image Book makes us see and invites us to think. [Full Review in Spanish]
July 22, 2019
In The Image Book, Godard puts the visual appeal before the text or sound in an experimental way. [Full review in Spanish]
July 19, 2019
The Image Book is an intellectual "game," a broken puzzle, a confusing labyrinth made up of over 100 years of movement... which doesn't search for any type of linearity or equilibrium... but has a fun charm to it. [Full Review in Spanish]
July 18, 2019
It is an ambitious work that can not be bounced, which in its challenges and ambiguities constitutes an accurate portrait of who we are. [Full Review in Spanish]
July 17, 2019
Is this about the power of arrangement? Or is it a meditation on the movement in moving pictures? It's hard to say. What's easy to say-and see- is the way it jumps from scene to scene with cumulative grace.
July 17, 2019
Even at eighty-seven years of age, Jean-Luc Godard remains one of cinema's most ferocious, most transgressive voices, forcing us to look past the cinematic world we've grown comfortable with - a world he helped create in the first place.
June 18, 2019
The ragged fury and relentless density... is brute and thick upon a cinema screen in 7.1 surround sound; the proportions of a common home flatscreen are better suited for the wash of memories and history and movies and re-memories of movies.
May 18, 2019
A radical reinvention of cinematic language that will be studied and appreciated for decades to come.
May 17, 2019
Easy to dislike at times but hard to dismiss, The Image Book is a difficult, contradictory, complex work.
April 26, 2019
Whoever labelled it an "avant-garde horror essay film" on Wikipedia probably got the closest to alluding to its, I guess, liminal qualities. It is everything and it is nothing. It occupies a genre all to itself. What that genre is, I just don't know.
April 5, 2019
There's more inspired, original, daring technique in its 85-minute running time than in most movies.
March 28, 2019
One of Godard's most ambitious works, leaves aside the reflection on the cinematographic fact, never forgetting it but using it now as an element of his speech. [Full Review in Spanish]
March 25, 2019
The Image Book is, like all of Godard's films, an accumulation of fragmentary remakes. [Full review in Spanish]
March 22, 2019
... certainly isn't for all tastes, although there are intermittent rewards for moviegoers with patience and an open mind.
March 15, 2019
It's a building wave of emotion and social commentary that Godard has very carefully assembled. The patient will be consumed.
March 8, 2019
...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...
March 8, 2019
Is The Image Book really a film? Godard himself has re-engineered it as an art installation, to be shown on a TV.
March 1, 2019
Hugely startling, challenging, and mesmerizing, perhaps even a masterpiece.
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