Mineshaft Gap

It's a screening log, no more no less. Maybe I'll have something interesting to say one of these days...


Passion is either a masterpiece or I just desperately want it to be. I'm not sure. It is definitely audacious, breathtaking, confounding, illuminating, terrible, wonderful, joyous, sad, cynical, and optimistic.

Godard weaves the tale with his old "not in that order" dictum squarely in mind. We don't really understand what is all going on until perhaps an hour into the film, but just as in First Name: Carmen, then it snaps the rest of the film into sharp focus.

Godard's obsession with the image receives its fullest treatment here, as ideas of painting and film collide with the Marxian ideas of image and representation. Godard also contrasts concepts of passion and creation in the world of art and love. It is almost certainly Godard's most beautiful film, and perhaps one of his best.

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