The Image Book (Le livre d'image) Reviews

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September 18, 2019
Another infuriatingly incomprehensible Godard movie made up entirely out of archival images... Having said that, some of the imagery is powerful.
February 28, 2019
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.
February 13, 2019
"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.
February 8, 2019
"The Image Book" lives and breathes cinema; the cutting and sound games (up and down and all around) remain arresting and instinctive and inspired.
February 7, 2019
Concerned neither with telling stories nor even making rational sense, Godard aims straight for lyrical beauty, and he almost always hits his target.
January 25, 2019
The film has the intimacy of a personal postcard sharing memories of deceased friends, favourite films and political touchstones.
January 25, 2019
Another free-associative cinematic meditation on language, the image, and extinction, by a master of the form.
Top Critic
January 25, 2019
After all this time, we are not much closer to understanding Godard, but he seems to understand us all too well.
January 24, 2019
Jean-Luc Godard's The Image Book is as dense and alienating as anything the iconoclastic director has made this century.
January 24, 2019
Jean-Luc Godard is a lion in winter. He fairly roars in The Image Book, his new film that serves as a visual essay about life on planet Earth.
January 23, 2019
I found it haunting, thrilling and confounding in equal measure.
January 21, 2019
Centering film history on the Second World War, the Holocaust, the atomic bomb, and the Cold War, Godard pursues an alternative history that relates cinematic failings to political ones.
December 3, 2018
A compelling collage that refuses to fit into any predetermined pigeonhole.
May 24, 2018
For all my initial bafflement, The Image Book continued to haunt me. Maybe that's all Godard wanted.
May 18, 2018
It's not really "about" anything (that's soooooo bourgeois! "About"? I mean, really!).
May 14, 2018
Sadly, you can still see here tiny flashes of the sensibility that made Godard great, once.
May 14, 2018
Disjointed and direct, exhilarating and soporific, cerebral and squirrelly: The Image Book is lots of contradictory things at once.
Top Critic
May 12, 2018
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 11, 2018
As you watch "The Image Book," it conjures a totemic darkness that can't be shaken off.
May 11, 2018
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.
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