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Description: Comment зa va? Blu-ray (How Is It Going?) (1978): Starring Michel Marot and Anne-Marie Miйville. A film about politics and the media, in which two workers in a newspaper plant attempt to make a film.

A film about politics and the media, in which two workers in a newspaper plant attempt to make a film.

Jean-Luc Godard's sixties' oeuvre might reasonably be suggested to focus on structure, as evidenced by his early masterpiece Breathless . By the seventies, Godard had moved on to a somewhat related but perhaps deeper rumination on how structure and meaning are intertwined. A lot of Godard's post-sixties pieces have an undeniably "meta" content, self-referential fare that twists back upon itself like a cinematic pretzel. Comment зa va? is like a deconstructionist fever dream, which means that it will either hypnotize or annoy, depending on your individual preferences. This is almost an anti-Breathless. in a way, as it is certainly one of Godard's most (intentionally) static films, one that plays out like an exercise in montage theory while a series of voice overs ostensibly pushes the narrative along while at the same time commenting, often ironically, on what is being shown.

Comment зa va? is therefore less about "something" (whatever that may be) than about Godard's inquiry into how film communicates meaning, or in fact lack of meaning. The ostensible main setup deals with a radical French newspaper and a supposed documentary being shot about how it has succeeded (this may strike some as particularly ironic, given the current state of affairs of print media, including newspapers—much like the daily in my hometown of Portland—regularly announcing they are decimating their staffs, reducing home delivery dates and moving to an online model). This particular vignette (for want of a better term) includes some sociopolitical (and socio-sexual) repartee between the paper's editor and his secretary. There are some piquant observations (always a Godard hallmark) of both gender roles as well as the stifling impact of mass media on niche efforts.

There's the now well worn joke about the debate over legalizing same sex marriage where a straight comedian asks, "Why shouldn't gays be as miserable as the rest of us?" One wonders perhaps if something slightly akin is at play in some of the films Godard did with his longtime companion Anne-Marie Miйville. It's almost as if the audience is being ushered into a multimedia presentation of dinner table debates about philosophy, epistemology and symbology that the two have shared. That makes Comment зa va? a rather cold and didactic enterprise at times, as if we're watching the kaleidoscopic ruminations of someone giving a doctoral thesis on some of these subjects. The film attempts to provide glimpses of human interaction, but even those are cloaked in dissociative shadows (a lot of this film is very dark, obviously intentionally so, with whole sequences lit so that no faces can be easily seen, including most importantly Miйville herself, who portrays the secretary in the film).

The film in fact often plays like a marital squabble. with the (metaphorically speaking) harridan secretary nagging the ostensibly simpleminded editor, poking at his every decision vis a vis the documentary they're making as if the entire fate of the world rested on it. This is obviously a none too subtle allusion to choices filmmakers make and also how final products are perceived. Godard has long championed the idea that (as I mentioned in the Keep Your Right Up Blu-ray review ) meaning is in the "eye" (or mind) of the beholder. Here that thesis is slightly amended to allow that how things are presented can obviously influence how they're received. Whether or not that intrinsically alters some objective "meaning" is never concretely addressed, for it seems to be Godard and Miйville's belief that there is no such thing as objective meaning.

A lot of French film aficionados are notably cool when it comes to this period of Godard's work, and frankly it's not hard to understand why. Godard's early films were bracing experiments that offered brilliant innovations in structure, technique and storytelling, and they often featured incredibly charismatic performances from top flight actors. Godard in the seventies and beyond is a completely different artist. He's less interested in "entertaining" (if indeed that were ever a goal of his) than in provoking serious thought about how exactly film (or perhaps any mass media) reaches its audience. Comment зa va? is not an easy film to unpack, but it presents some challenging things to think about. It's ample evidence that Godard continued to be an unabashed provocateur. albeit in ever changing ways.






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