THE IMAGE BOOK
LE LIVRE D'IMAGE
2018, Kino Lorber, 84 min, Switzerland/France, Dir: Jean-Luc Godard

The legendary Jean-Luc Godard adds to his influential, iconoclastic legacy with this provocative collage film essay, a vast ontological inquiry into the history of the moving image and a commentary on the contemporary world. Displaying an encyclopedic grasp of cinema and its history, Godard pieces together fragments from some of the greatest films of the past, then digitally alters, bleaches and washes them, all in the service of reflecting on what he sees in front of him and what he makes of the dissonance that surrounds him. He uses his own voice, reminiscent of those of Leonard Cohen or Bob Dylan in the twilights of their careers, to guide us through the fascinating labyrinth of his mind. As always with Godard, the key issues he raises have to do with the legacy of the last century and its horrors: the incomprehension of Hiroshima and Auschwitz, events that coincided with cinema but which have somehow eluded its gaze. And, movingly, he also reflects on orientalism and the Arab world, grounding the new film very much in the present. Winner of the first Special Palme d'Or to be awarded in the history of the Cannes Film Festival, THE IMAGE BOOK is another extraordinary addition to the French master's vast filmography. - Piers Handling, Toronto International Film Festival.


ONE PLUS ONE
1968, ABKCO Films, 110 min, UK, Dir: Jean-Luc Godard

One of the pivotal and, arguably, most controversial works of legendary provocateur Jean-Luc Godard, the film alternates between reflections on contemporary politics and social issues of the late 1960s while providing an unprecedented view of The Rolling Stones’ creative process in the recording studio. Also released as SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL, this is the director’s preferred cut without the finished version of that famous song at the end.


WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?
2018, Focus Features, 94 min, USA, Dir: Morgan Neville

For more than 30 years, an unassuming minister, puppeteer, writer and producer was beamed daily into homes across America. In his beloved television program, “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” Fred Rogers and his cast of puppets and friends spoke directly to young children about some of life’s weightiest issues in a simple, direct fashion. In this engaging, moving documentary, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM) looks back on the legacy of the soft-spoken, cardigan-clad TV host, focusing on his radically kind ideas and belief in the importance of protecting childhood. "A really good movie. ... It’s like a security blanket for our troubled times." - Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly


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