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See You at Mao

Directed by Jean-Luc Godard and the Dziga Vertov Group

Godard in America

Directed by Ralph Thanhauser
Ralph Thanhauser in Person
Screening on Film
  • See You at Mao (AKA British Sounds)

    Directed by Jean-Luc Godard and the Dziga Vertov Group.
    UK, 1969, 16mm, color, 54 min.

Believing that the narrative film—even when modified as in his own Breathless or Masculine Feminine—was outdated and bourgeois, Godard let loose a propagandistic audio-visual barrage on the senses that combines Maoism, the Beatles, multiple sound tracks, minimal cinema à la Warhol, nudity (accompanied by a women’s liberation statement), and excerpts from Nixon, Pompidou, and the Communist Manifesto, all ending with a blood-spattered hand painfully reaching for a red flag.

  • Godard in America

    Directed by Ralph Thanhauser.
    US, 1970, 16mm, black & white, 44 min.

In April 1970, Godard and Gorin toured major American universities screening See You at Mao in order to raise money to finish a film on the Palestinian Al Fatah movement (a project that was never completed). This penetrating and rarely screened document of that tour, made by a talented Harvard student, reveals the enormous appeal of these French filmmakers to a new generation of politically engaged young Americans.

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