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Hail Mary: lacking the very density of materiality

Random bloggotry: Chongqing reflects upon Godard’s Hail Mary: “This was one of the first art films I’ve seen in a long time, and it was horrible. It was so bad. hail_mary_02.jpgShot of moon, of waves, of contemplating a [R]ubik’s cube. I am tired of Godard’s Brechtian inauthenticity. It is weird when I think that Spike Lee is more Godard than Godard nowadays. Manny Farber said Godard was like a zoo of animals. Godard is more like a man who has thought he has launched himself into new ground and new territories, but does not realize he still sits absentmindedly at the table of high-modernism. Godard speaks to museums and old French novels. There is a reason Godard could never relate to the third world in his films. He is so rooted in his Frenchness that everything he attempted to absorb from outside the borders of himself ended up being cardboard parodies that lacked the very density of materiality.”

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