Chinese Girl, The

The Chinese Girl

A film featuring political discussion and political action by a small group of French students who study Maoism. This small group of 5 members represents various views on revolutionary practise in a symbolic way. Veronique, an activist who leads the group and who is most devoted to opposition, Guillaume, a boy who is drifting between romantic and rational attitudes, Henri, later excluded by the group for being misunderstood as a revisionist due to his humanistic way of thinking, Kirilov, who has extremely self-destructive thoughts and urges towards violence and Yvonne who once was a prostitute and a farmer but who is the most apolitical person in the group. The movie is the first ‘political discussion’ film by Godard. And Godard states openly his political points of view in a very direct manner that he never used before. This kind of argument about revolution by Godard was rejected by the working class as it was considered too pedantic and incomprehensible for them. This film has merits and faults at the same time both deriving from the fact that it is intended for the educated classes or intellectual revolutionaries. For example the film is quite different from movies of Ken Loach which employ an ordinary descriptive approach and an emotional touch in order to reach the audience, Godard provides a platform for argument and education for the intellectuals and the strikers. It doesn’t mean he disregards the working class, but his movie’s main target was so called élite class. It is very difficult to compare Godard with Ken Loach, yet it is very interesting to see ‘whose films have the stronger practical effect’.

France
95'
1967

Director
Jean-Luc Godard

Script
Jean-Luc Godard

Cinematography
Raoul Coutard

Editing
Agnes Guillemot

Production
La Guéville productions

Cast
Anne Wiazemsky
Jean Pierre Leaud
Juliet Berto
Michel Semeniako

Music
Karl-Heinz Stockhausen; Schubert
Opus 120; Vivaldi
Piano Sonata

Awards
Special Jury Prize Venice

Festivals
9th Festival on Wheels
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