Vladimir and Rosa
DIRECTOR: DZIGA VERTOV GROUP
CAST: JULIET BERTO, JEAN-LUC GODARD, JEAN-PIERRE GORIN
Juliet Berto, Gorin, and Godard himself appear in this pointed, satirical response to the trial of the Chicago Eight. Performers recite in the roles of Abbie Hoffman, Bobby Seale, and so on in the Dziga Vertov editing suite, while the filmmakers provide breathless commentary as they run up and down a tennis court. The resulting film horrified Grove Press’s Barney Rosset, who created an alternate edit featuring Hoffman and Jerry Rubin watching Vladimir/ Rosa and providing a hysterical, dismissive commentary—though what we have here is the savage original object.
Screening as a part of our Dziga Vertov Group series.