The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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It's a dramatic story, somewhat over-simplified, but accompanied by riveting archive material.
The early shots of young Léaud's open, beaming face are desperately sad.
Makes you want to spend all day doing nothing but hop from cinema to cinema.
A must-see for all those who love the New Wave.
The movie becomes a wonder of archival randomness.
The lack of key interviews gradually becomes a problem (Truffaut died in 1984) and the final stretch becomes curiously shapeless.
... a loving tribute to the two artists whose names will forever be associated with the Nouvelle Vague and the friendship that bonded them for so many years.
Two in the Wave lacks those very qualities for which it applauds Truffaut and Godard: poetry, ideas and feistiness.
A documentary that contains some exceptional clips and archive footage, but lacks consistency of focus and tone.
Laurent probes the pair's stylistic and political differences and their friendship's collapse by letter exchange...
Laurent's brushstrokes always feel a little too broad to capture the finer details of the legendary New Wavers, but some fascinating archive footage saves his documentary from missing the mark altogether.
I love all this stuff, and it's really interesting to hear it all told again in a new way, and one thing that Laurent does well is that he refuses to side with either Godard or Truffaut in their feud.
The best parts of the otherwise forgettable documentary "Two in the Wave" are the older footage and interviews with Jean-Luc Godard and Francois Truffaut, in trying to explore their influences and films, as they encouraged each other and occasionally worked together in the 1960's. Sadly, there is little new material of interest here for us students of film and almost no current interviews.(Admittedly, I had never heard of "Les Carabiniers" before this.) And as easy as Isild Le Besco is on the eyes, I'm not that sure what she is supposed to be doing here.
To be honest, I don't think I would recommend this documentary to the uninitiated, either, as it takes a simplistic view towards the friendship between Godard and Truffaut and their films. For example, Truffaut who is depicted as being totally apolitical did make an adaptation of "Fahrenheit 451."(I read the book but never saw the movie.) By comparison, Godard was off the deep end politically early on with "Le Petit Soldat" which marks the first appearance of the Little Red Book in his films. Well, he did say that he wanted to alienate his audience...but he probably did not need radical politics to do so, and that might not be the only reason for the split with his former collaborator.
A empty documentary that is all over the place. The subject matter is great and it should write itself, but it just gives you snippets of information and rushes through everything. It's about Truffaut and Godard's relationship from the start of the New Wave until Truffauts death, and the whole Doc is boring. I read a article a couple of years ago in The New Yorker about the same subject matter, and it was leaps and bounds superior. My love for that article is probably what soiled me on this empty film. It may be interesting if you knew nothing about these two, but I doubt it.
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