The late-career films of Jean-Luc Godard (born 1930) have taken the form of essays, straying from a conventional narrative approach. His newest is a stunning aural and visual collage that examines a world civilization he speculates may be on the verge of collapse. Godard’s voiceover commentary narrates a layered, five-part mix of film clips and news footage, with a focus on the Middle East. Provocative and timely, The Image Book inspired the Cannes Film Festival jury to award the first ever Special Palme d’Or. Critic James Quandt describes the film as “a surging requiem for a world addicted to annihilation—of the Other, the self, the planet.”

Part of the French Cultures Festival coordinated by the Cultural Service of the French Embassy in Houston.

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“Reading The Image Book: A Conversation about the Latest State-of-the-World Film from Jean-Luc Godard”
Wednesday, March 6, 6:30 p.m.
Alliance Française, 427 Lovett Boulevard

Free admission
MFAH Films curator Marian Luntz moderates a discussion with film scholars Bearden Coleman, Houston Baptist University; and Grant Wiedenfeld, Sam Houston State University. Visit for more information.

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Jean-Luc Godard
French, English, Arabic, and Italian with English subtitles
Running Time
84 minutes
Digital, Color