Q&A : The image book

On Thursday 28 March at Palace Cinema Como, 6:30pm

The image book

Le Livre d'Image

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Film screening followed by Q&A with Dr. Andrew McGregor from the University of Melbourne

“What is cinema according to Jean-Luc Godard?”

Jean-Luc Godard has surpassed the expectations of even his most ardent fans by challenging audiences and film critics, including the jury of the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, to decipher meaning from his latest fascinating and perplexing work. This Q&A will examine Godard’s vision of, and for, the cinema and will discuss the case for films that may need to be endured as much as enjoyed in order to appreciate their full significance.

Dr Andrew McGregor lectures in French Studies at The University of Melbourne, specialising in French Cinema.

/ Experimental
Running time: 1h24
Director: Jean-Luc Godard

This most recent feature-length foray from one of the great luminaries of the French New Wave, Jean-Luc Godard, won the special Palme d'Or at Cannes 2018 – a new prize awarded for the very first time – with Jury President Cate Blanchett describing him as “continually striving to define and redefine what cinema can be.”


In The Image Book, the 87-year-old Godard demonstrates all the guts and gumption of a filmmaker of half his age, eschewing narrative structure and dramatic performances to present a sound-and-image collage – a work of audio-visual poetry. He lends his own voice to the soundtrack, as he brings a unique artistic perspective to our current zeitgeist, one that feels apocalyptic in its onslaught of hundreds of fragments of things.

You may leave the cinema in a state of inward reflection and rumination evoked through Godard’s striking visual commentary on our contemporary existence. In any case, you’re sure to never look at things in the same way, nor will you want to.

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