DURAS & GODARD PART ONE
IMPORTED 35MM PRINTS
Staunch in their formal and political radicalism, eternally unreconciled to the modern world, and sometimes comically cantankerous and curmudgeonly, it should come as no great surprise that Jean-Luc Godard and Marguerite Duras were friends. A book of their lively and sometimes contentious conversations, Duras/Godard Dialogues (Film Desk Books), will soon be published in a new English-language translation by Nicholas Elliott, and in anticipation, and with the serendipitous arrival of these two prints in the United States, we’re pairing a movie by each of these iconoclastic filmmakers: Godard’s minor miracle of spiritual seeking, Hélas pour moi, and Duras’s hypnotic depiction of the everyday hell of colonial isolation, India Song. Two films united in outsider spirit, only alike in being wholly unlike anything else in cinema.
Print of India Song courtesy Institut Français, thanks to the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.