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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Two or Three Things I Know About Her

From 1967, Godard's Two or Three Things I Know About Her revisits his themes of consumerism as prostitution, but I found it dreary and boring. Many disagree, especially Amy Taubin, who considers it one of the great achievements in film history.

The film stars Marina Vlady as a bourgeois woman who has taken up prostitution, and as these things usually go, the sexual aspect of it is quite banal (very similar to Luis Bunuel's Belle de Jour, which came out the same year).  It follows a typical day in her life, and she seems pissed off by something, maybe that she's prostituting herself.

She drops off her kids at what seems to be a day-care center for hookers (there's even some sex going on in one of the rooms). She visits a few clients, the most memorable being a man who is wearing a t-shirt featuring an American flag (it was during this period that Godard severely criticized American culture).

Interspliced throughout our scenes of fashion magazines, a particular interest of Godard, and construction sites, perhaps symbolizing the changing face of Paris from all the suburbs that have been built. Godard stated that during the film he wanted "to include everything: sports, politics, even groceries." I found the film's excitement level at that of groceries.

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