Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The Best Old Movies on a Big Screen This Week

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Letter to Jane (1972)
Directed by Jean-Pierre Gorin and Jean-Luc Godard
Called “a kind of counter-caption to a photograph” by Susan Sontag, this is a flourishing if occasionally pedantic analysis of one photo’s unplumbed significance. A postscript of sorts to their previous film, Tout va bien, Godard and Gorin assess this one frame—taken of Jane Fonda during her controversial trip to Hanoi—as a touchstone of the times, riffing on photography, Fonda, the war in Vietnam, gender, and revolution while posing plenty of questions: “What part should intellectuals play in the revolution?” A unique production from the Dziga Vertov Group, a fervently political band of filmmakers (of which Godard and Gorin were prominent members), this film was its last effort, an avant-garde end to a tumultuous era. Jeremy Polacek (Mar 1 at Anthology, part of its Motion(less) Pictures series)

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