DIRECTOR: JEAN-LUC GODARD
CAST: PATRICE MOULLET, MARINO MASé
“A challenge to patriots and non-patriots alike, and missable by neither. It eats into the mind like acid. If this is not a masterpiece, it will do until one comes along”—Kenneth Turan
In an invented country that’s everywhere and nowhere, in a time out of time, two poor schlemiels, the imposingly-named Ulysses and Michelangelo, receive a missive from their king that promises untold riches in exchange for their service in battle, in which they are encouraged to pillage, rape, and plunder at will. Co-written by Roberto Rossellini, this grim, grotty, grotesque, and audience-assaultive anti- imperialist fable, disdained by critics, inaugurated Jean-Luc Godard’s golden era, a harrowing journey leading to a sour punchline that, per admirer Susan Sontag “vividly parodies the equivocal magic of the photographic image.”
A Rialto Pictures release.
Print courtesy of the Institut Français, thanks to the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.
Additional showtimes coming soon.